Lower gas prices equal more driving for Canadians

One in seven Canadians will drive more this summer because of low gas prices

Published: July 8, 2015, 10:40 PM
Updated: October 11, 2021, 10:23 AM

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One in seven Canadians expects to drive more this summer because gas prices are lower, according to a survey by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Those under 35 are most likely to increase the distance they drive to take advantage of the lower fuel costs, with more than 20% expecting to so, according to the study.

Liklihood to drive more with lower gas prices - DAC - Liklihood to drive more with lower gas prices - DesRosiers Automotive Consultants

That intent trends downward with increased age, as only about 8% of those over 55 said they would drive more kilometres this summer as a result of lower gas prices.

Provincially, Ontarians were the most likely to drive more, while those from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were least likely to change driving patterns as a result of the lower fuel price.

Perhaps the most significant result of the survey is that 83.6% of the respondents stated that there would be no change in their driving behaviour due to the lower price of gas.

DesRosiers surveyed more than 1,500 Canadian vehicle maintainers to determine the effect of lower gas prices on distance driven.