Navigating the Rollercoaster of Gas Prices: A Historical Perspective

by AutoExpert   |  10 April, 2024

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Okay, $4+ is rough, but it's been worse. The all-time high price was $5.02 per gallon on June 14, 2022. But back in 2008? It was like $5.30 in today's money. Crazy, right?

Why Does it Keep Happening?

Basically, it's about oil. When there's lots of oil, prices drop. Not enough, and it gets expensive. OPEC, those oil-producing countries, get to control a lot of that.

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Then there's stuff like COVID throwing a wrench in everything – demand dropped SO low for a while, production got cut way back. Now everyone's back to driving, and the oil guys are being cautious.

And yeah, Russia's whole Ukraine thing didn't help matters either...

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It Could Be Worse...

Ever see those gas prices around the world? Europeans pay like $9 a gallon, Hong Kong is over $10! At least we don't live there. See the table below, prices are in Euros per liter, but you'll get the point.

Even across the US, it's nuts – California's way more than somewhere like Kansas. Taxes, distance from refineries, all that stuff plays a role.

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So, When's This Gonna End?

The experts say prices are gonna stay high for a while, sadly. Too much going on with the war, with oil production… and summer's coming, when gas gets more expensive anyway.

But thing is, gas prices ALWAYS go up, then back down. It's more about how long we gotta suffer this time.

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Saving a Bit of Cash at the Pump

Can't always bike everywhere, but here's some tricks that help:

  • Drive slower. Seriously, highway speeds KILL your mileage.

  • Don't drive like you're in a racecar. Less gas wasted on jackrabbit starts.

  • Bike rack on the roof? Ditch it if you're not using it. Aerodynamics matter.

  • Tires underinflated? Bad for gas mileage. Check 'em regularly.

  • Trunk full of junk? Every pound the car hauls around costs you at the pump.

  • Avoid idling for long stretches. Turn that engine off at the train crossing!

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