Re: So, is the gas price high enough to crush the working man?
posted at 3/5/2013 11:27 AM EST
In response to FortySixAnd2's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
"Don't like the high gas prices...?
Then don't use so much gas.
Pretty simple, really.
Don't move to the sticks in order to drive 60 miles each way to work in traffic that makes it seem like 120, all while driving a 5+ litre monster SUV that gets 16 miles to the gallon."
It's actually not that simple. Not everyone can control where they work. Not everyone can afford to live near their employer. Some people get transferred which is out of their control. Some people get laid off and have no choice but to take a job that might be farther from home than they's liked.
Also, not everyone drives a monster SUV. Many who drive civics, which is great on gas mileage, still feel the pain because not everyone makes big money. Everyones situation is unique. Do you think you, making the money you make, feels the same pain at the pump as someone making 30-40K for example?
I disagree. It's simpler than it's made out to be.
Since we, as consumers, have NO say in the retail prices of gasoline at the pump, our ONLY recourse is to use less of it.
I exaggerated to make a point. Many people DO have control over what they drive, where they live and work and how they commute. If people want to insist on driving a hundred miles per day solo in traffic and yet still complain about gas prices, then it's hard to sympathize.
Of course, every situation is unique, but there are hybrids, carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, flextime options. It comes down to basic ROI and the expense of commuting. Sometimes tranferring to a another city or moving closer to the office makes perfect sense.
Likewise, when not commuting, it's just as important to conserve fuel, combine trips, shop locally, etc. (Just like with the costs of health care, it's incumbent upon people to take responsibility to exercise, eat healthy, don't smoke, etc.)
In general, I feel much more for the tradesmen, contractors, drivers, etc. who must travel place-to-place for work in loaded vans and trucks.