The raising gas prices in this country are only such a big deal, I believe, because people drive such big cars in general. Nowadays, I observe about half of the cars on the road, maybe more, are SUVs, minivans, or vans, many of which are not "compact" versions to say the least. At the moment I am paying about $1.70/gallon for gas. I realize that is cheap compared to much of the United States, but it is still $0.55 more than I was paying a few months ago. I don't really care though. I drive a small fuel efficient car. When I fill up, it is usually a little less than 10 gallons, so even though the gas price has gone up by about 1/3, it only changes what I pay for gas by a couple of dollars. If I was driving a huge SUV
that only got 13mpg and had a 40 gallon tank, like a good percentage of SUVs on the road these days, this would increase my fill up costs by about $20.
Next time anyone who complains about gas prices is buying a car, if you do not already have one, buy a fuel efficient car. You'll be doing everyone a service. Your family of two adults and two kids does not need a ten seat SUV
to give you the space you need.
Also Americans, feel fortunate!
The gas is SO much more expensive in the rest of the world. I remember being in Greece a few years ago and seeing at the gas stations a price of about 400 drachma. I thought to myself that that is only about one dollar, so they have good prices, but then I realized that Europe is, of course, on metric, so that was the price per liter. With close to four liters in a gallon, that makes their gas quite expensive, yet according to some of the users here, that would still be a good price in Europe.