It's Prom season again and while pastel-coloured dresses for the girls and dark suits for the boys were in this year at Oakland Mills High School, renting a stretch limousine was out. Amid rising fuel costs, students are forsaking the traditional limo for less glamorous transportation
With surging gas prices driving up the cost of limousine rental, many teenagers in the Baltimore region are steering away from the prom tradition of booking a luxury ride for their big night out. They are opting instead for some far less glamorous alternatives, such as renting a bus or even relying on using the family car.
Understandably limousine companies in the area say they are being hit hard during what is traditionally their busiest season, with some claiming that business down fifty percent on last year. Many operators have added surcharges in response to higher gasoline prices. They claim that the gas prices definitely are not helping and while they are trying to contain costs the industry is suffering.
However, although prom students are trying to be being financially sensible they know they can have a good time if they share the cost of hiring the limo. That is, the bigger the car, the more people they can fit into it and the more people they have to share the cost. In fact hiring a twenty seater SUV Cadillac Escalade works out cheaper per person than a standard eight-passenger stretch limo.
Unfortunately, faced with high gas prices to fuel their vehicles many limousine companies are being forced to charge a surcharge on top of their normal hire fee. But limousine companies are undertaking other cost-control measures of their own. Leaving the engine idling outside an event is a thing of the past. And some drivers carpool to grab a bite to eat while waiting for the prom to end. Many companies limit the number of stops on prom night.
Still think you can't afford a limo for the Prom? For an unbeatable deal contact HireLimos. You may even qualify for a group discount. So, you will be able to enjoy your Prom night in style; whether in a stretch limousine or party bus, there's no better experience than driving around town in a luxury chauffeured vehicle.