I think it might be true that cheap gas makes me wasteful.
I’ve rented a car out of the Pittsburgh, PA airport twice in two weeks and both times I’ve opted for the “prepaid gas” option. How could I not … it was $2.70 a gallon! I thought that was a deal! (And they thought I was crazy.)
Of course this does one of two things. It causes me to drive more so that I bring back the car on fumes … bad for the environment.
Or it prompts me to bring it back with gas in it, in which case the rental company makes money … not really bad for anyone, but it makes me a bit stupid for being so lazy as to not want to get gas before returning it.
Really, what’s worse is that they kept upgrading me, which means instead of a tiny gas tank like I’m used to (12 gallons), these huge land-yachts they bump you up to have 20 gallon tanks. That’s a big prepayment.