BCAA says its latest Gas Price Index out today shows British Columbians are more tolerant of high prices at the pump compared to drivers in the rest of Canada.
“B.C. motorists will delay paying for everyday essentials more than the rest of Canada, and the same thing goes with spending less on leisure activities,” says BCAA spokesperson Niela Melanio.
She says 18 per cent of those the auto association surveyed found people would put off buying everyday essentials before cutting back on time behind the wheel.
And she says 28 per cent said they’d cut back on leisure first.
BCAA says British Columbians also beat the national average when it came to switching to cycling or transit, as well as changing their driving techniques.
However, when it came to what they drive, British Columbians lagged other parts of the country.
Ten per cent of Canadians, versus only 8 per cent of people in B.C., have changed the type of car they drive in response to rising gas prices.