Remember the panic instilled in all of us when gas prices inched over $4 per gallon? It was summer 2008, and you would’ve thought the apocalypse was upon us.
It was so bad, even the smart fortwo was flying off dealer lots.
But then things got better, with prices in my area falling all the way into the $1.40s and SUVs once again becoming all the rage while smarts were left to rot on the lot.
Today, the price at my nearest pump is $3.12 for regular unleaded, and it seems to increase slightly each day. Could we see $4 gas again? Maybe. Let’s just hope our prices don’t get anywhere near the UK’s new record price, which might be unsettling enough to frighten all of us into getting an early shot at an inexpensive and fuel-efficient used car.
The good people over at Autoblog caught wind of a BBC report and wrote,
According to the BBC, prices have hit an all-time high of 121.76p per liter in the United Kingdom. The numbers work out to $7.27 per gallon in American terminology, but the record doesn’t take inflation into account. To put the current British petrol prices into perspective, consider that it will now cost English soccer moms in Chelsea over $163 (!) to fill up their BMW X5s.
Ouch. While news like this certainly puts into perspective how lucky we are, it’s also scary that there’s so much room for a hefty spike in prices (gas tax, anyone?).
I say we should prepare now for the worst by buying and storing a small, economical auxiliary automobile. Keep it in the garage, in the backyard or in the closet, but have it ready for the day when you wake up and see that gas will cost you an arm and a leg.
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If gas cost $7.30 per gallon here, would you buy a different vehicle?