So that statement might not be 100% accurate, as these low gas prices bring my spending on gas from about $170 per month to about $120 per month, but there is some truth to it for sure. I say this because I like to believe that people are reasonable, that they will let common sense prevail. I like to think that if gas costs a lot, people will hesitate to buy huge SUVs and large gas guzzling trucks, people will use their vehicle less, and drive more wisely. However these thoughts of mine are more like wishful thinking, because if you haven’t noticed, a lack common sense often prevails. Even has gas prices were around the $1.30/L mark in my neck of the woods as recently as 3 or 4 months ago, people were still thinking about buying very uneconomical vehicles, and still driving their resource consuming beasts as if gas was free, resources were unlimited and environmental impacts did not exist.
For everyone who thinks gas is cheap right now, I have a few thoughts to share. Gas is still certainly not cheap, it is cheaper, yes, but in no way should you think of it as cheap. I always enjoy the clip on the local news with the person filling up their large truck, and the large smile that can be seen on their face when the reporter asks how they are liking the decline in gas prices. “I think it’s great. Fill up used to cost me $140 a week, now its about $90!” I would love to explain, to the 75% of these people who don’t need these large trucks and SUVs, that they could have been spending much less on gas all along. I’m sure this would be shocking news to most. The other news clip I find enjoyable is the grumpy fellow that is interviewed during a spike in gas prices. The reply on his thoughts about the high gas prices “Nothing you can do about it, we all need gas right?” In a tiny, tiny oh so tiny way this guy is right. I want to make myself clear, we need gas, we need oil, these are resources we will require for the foreseeable future. However, what many of us could easily do, is reduce the amount of gas/oil we use. Many people people could reduce the amount of gas easily, making tiny, simple changes, by about 25%. How? Drive less, and drive wisely. Things like reducing speed, this change along can save a good chuck of gas, google or see my previous post here for more on this. How about making only necessary trips in your car? Need to go to the other end of town for something? Well wait until you need 2 or 3 things from the other end of town, or combine this trip with another trip when you are already half way there. How about car pooling, ever hear of that? Just these changes alone would save many people over 25% of fuel costs. Just think, if people actually tried to save money on gas, savings of 50% are reachable. What about the environmental benefits if everyone reduced gas use by 50%?
A wise friend of mine once said to me many years ago, about the price of gas: “You think gas is expensive? A litre of gas (about 90 cents at the time) is about the same price as that bottle of coke (also about 90 cents) you have.” Think of that for a moment, think about the cost of refining a litre of gas, compared to the cost of producing litre of pop. Mind blowing isn’t it? Even when you can get 2L of pop on sale for 99 cents, gas today is still less than twice the price per litre. This also reminds me of the people who complain about high gas prices, and then you see them with a 500 mL bottle of water they paid over $2 for. *facepalm*
Just my thoughts on the price of gas these days. Have a look at my fake cheap rating for our gas use below. If you have your own thoughts on gas prices these days, please share.