Gas prices have positive impact on commuters

Miranda Zoloty

As gas prices are going down, Kent State commuter tanks are filling up.

Gas prices continue to remain well under $2.00 in the Kent and surrounding areas, and according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gage Report, well under the national average of $1.70 per gallon as well.

Eric Dyne, a graduate student from the school of Biomedical Sciences, commutes to the Kent campus from Parma three days a week.

I drive a Hummer H2 that gets around 11 mpg,” said Dyne. “I filled up today in Northfield on my commute in, and I only paid $1.28.”

Dyne says that the drive between his home in Parma, field work at the Cleveland Clinic, and classes in Kent, these low gas prices have saved him a bundle.

Freshman early childhood education major, Carly Wilson, says that the commute from Stow to main campus isn’t bad, but she also has classes at two of the regional campuses as well.

“My car is a piece of crap and this is really taking a toll on it,” said Wilson.

Aside from the wear and tear on her vehicle, Wilson says that commuting with these low gas prices are helping her save money in the long run.

One year ago today, AAA states that the average regular gas price was $2.30.

When asked if gas prices were to rise above $2.00 again, would she be able to make the commute, Wilson was passionate about what her and her car could handle.

“I would commute to the main campus for sure since the drive isn’t bad,” said Wilson. “As far as Twinsburg, I would only want one class a week there. Geauga campus, no way!”

Dyne shares similar views.

“If it goes over three dollars, I would invest in a better car.”

Miranda Zoloty is the commuter and apartment living beat reporter.