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If fuel was $7.30 per gallon, would you drive?

Posted in Fuel, Fuel Cell, Fuel-efficient, Newsworthy by MrAngry | December 13th, 2010 | 8 Responses |

Record Fuel Prices

Filling up my car with fuel is something that I would really prefer not to do. For one, it takes premium and two, I simply don’t like paying for gas. This morning for example I took a trip to the pump and paid $3.51 per gallon for just a tick over 17 gallons of fuel. My bill… just over $60.00. Now, in as much as I hate doing that, the truth is what alternatives do we really have? We either pay what we’re told, buy an expensive electric car, or go back to riding bicycles to work. Keep in mind that I know my car is a gas guzzling whore, but like the old saying goes, “if you want to play, you’ve got to pay.”

Record Fuel Prices

In the United States we bitch constantly about the cost of fuel, but compared to places like the UK, what we pay is a downright bargain. According to the BBC News, prices in the UK have just hit a record high at nearly $7.30 per gallon, a price that would cause American’s to go ballistic. That would mean that my $60.00 tank of fuel would now cost over $120.00 – oh hells NO! I remember last year when fuel prices were bouncing over $4.00 per gallon and people were going nuts. So the real question is, what would the price have to reach in order for you to find an alternate source of transportation?

Source: BBCNews via Autoblog

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8 Responses

  1. xtremesparx says:

    Although it’s nice to try and compare apples to apples here, you really can’t. Their gas is taxed much higher than in the U.S. and so you’d either need to compare the raw fuel costs (minus any taxes) OR figure out what each of the taxes both pay goes towards, and then factor in the same benefit from the other country. For instance, the UK gas tax might include monies for schools. So you’d need to figure out what portion of their tax goes to that and then how it equates to here.

    Having said all that, paying over $7/gallon of gas regardless of how it’s split up would definitely affect how much I drive!

  2. 68SportFury says:

    I tried an alternative in 2005, right after Katrina, when regular shot up from $2.50 to as much as $3.70 a gallon in the Baltimore area. I caught the first train out of the light-rail station nearest me, which is the Southern terminus of the line.

    I then had to sit through EVERY SINGLE STOP (no expresses on the Light Rail), all the way to north Baltimore, where I then had to walk two blocks to the Metro and wait for the next train. Then I had to sit through EVERY SINGLE STOP (no expresses on the Metro either), all the way to the end of the line in Owings Mills, where I had to catch a shuttle bus my company provides to get to my office.

    Total travel time, portal-to-portal: Two hours. Oh, and I was over 30 minutes late to work, too. This is catching the earliest train available. Needless to say, this was the only time I tried public transportation for my commute. I was quite relieved when I finally had to put gas in one of the commuter cars and it had fallen to $2.99 by then.

    Faced with European gas prices, I think I and a lot of my co-workers would be pressing the management to let us work from home.

  3. 68SportFury says:

    Oh, and I should mention that my commute is 27 miles each way, ideally taking 35-45 minutes by car.

  4. Taylor says:

    Here is an interesting link, though the information is now 5 years old it is still interesting.

    http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2005/03/oil_starts_its_.html

    It gives a cost comparison, gallon for gallon, of other items we use/purchase quite frequently.

    Granted, the price of gas is in our face at all times and we use more of it but the other items (like a gallon of Avian water) that people use/buy large quantities of are really more expensive than gas.

    For some reason though (probably because mass media doesn’t tell us to be pissed off about it) we don’t equate or even care about the cost of a gallon of item X compared to a gallon of gas.

    When at the local quick stop we will bitch and moan about the price of gas but will pay between $1 and $2 for a bottle of water (works out to between $6.50 and $13.00 per gallon).

    Also, the advertised price of gas is really a trick is disguise. Say a gallon of gas is advertised on the big sign as $2.50. Ever notice that floating 9 hanging off to the right? We are really paying 1/10th of a cent less than $2.51 but all we see is that big ZERO at the end and we are easily fooled into the $2.50 ruse. Think that extra 9/10 of a cent doesn’t matter? It may only mean about $0.20 or so to you at the pump but it quickly turns into millions for the gas companies.

    Okay, done with my rant.
    Nothing to see here.
    Move along.

  5. BigRuss says:

    dont have much of a choice now that im back in north carolina… but when i was stationed in san diego if i wanted to go down town for the night, hopped on the trolley, did what i wanted, and headed back… owning nothing but V8 pickups gas mileage never really concerned me, gettin 17 in town is nothing new to me. so if gas got that high id be riding my motorcycle more because it would still cost me 40 bucks a week for gas regardless… its 2.70 right now for regular 2.80 for premium… 15 gallons of regular costs me $40.50. and for my bike its a 5 gallon tank so 14 bucks. hypothetically speaking if gas were 7.30 for regular and 7.40 for premium id be looking at $110 for my truck and $37 for my bike… soo idk what i would do if they got that high… might suck it up (and cut my testicles off) and buy a prius… shit right now im thinking bout buying a Honda CR-Z for myself and parking my truck

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  7. Nephilim says:

    Live on Top Ramen, wear filthy underwear, shoot reloads exclusively. Anything to keep my Wranger’s tank full.

  8. Canrith says:

    If it did hit that price, my cars would be parked for everything but those few weekends a year when I could save up enough for a few tanks, using the bike to get around…or hand over my man card, buy a hybrid, and start hypermiling.