So, We Are Back to Sticker Shock at the Gas Pumps – Again

Actually, this is no real surprise as the price of gasoline in Fort Langley has always been a bit more costlier than other places from just down the road, but we have being hitting well over the $1.40 mark for sometime now. Seeing the $1.50 price has brought home the notion that we Canadians are far from out of the deep end in the lingering economic cesspool from 2008/09. The impact of these prices are having a daily effect on myself, and I know for others as well.

Fort Langley Gas Price for July 19 2013 sm image

I drive a whole lot less. Since I moved farther from the down town area, I think twice about my trips for groceries and causal trips in the vehicle. I now have to plan my trips and put them into my budget. The extra ten kilometres per day add up real quick. My driving costs are about $50.00 per week now, so cutting back on driving is a natural reflex in keeping with my fluctuating income.

With watching where and when I drive, such as getting my groceries and getting other items like hardware supplies, this now means deal-hunting has become an ever more vital practice for my every day budgetary needs. I primarily shop at big box store, and buy mostly in bulk, for the savings. Getting the best bang for my buck is the new code with inflation creeping up fast.

Doing more in less trips on the road is now a daily routine. I found myself the other day forgetting something that I needed when I left a particular store, but instead of doing a U-turn to go back, just kept on going home, fully aware that the extra trip back would put a dint in my gas budget.

All of a sudden an electric or solar power car sounds nice. Perhaps sooner than later these power systems in vehicles will be the norm? Enjoy your roads trips this summer!

3 Thoughts on “So, We Are Back to Sticker Shock at the Gas Pumps – Again

  1. hey Tom,

    Small diesel engine , as in Europe (/wv golf,yaris diesel) have the same or best fuel consumption compared a hybrid.Unfortunately the best diesel here is a vw diesel as there is no competition .
    “Volkswagen claims an improvement in overall fuel economy of up to 23% on some models. With active cylinder management (that shuts down two cylinders when appropriate), the 1.4L turbo-gas unit scores an impressive fuel economy rating of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

    I drove the larger of the diesel and gasoline mills, each mated to a six- or seven-speed autobox, respectively. While the diesel version scores a
    hybrid-busting fuel economy rating of 4.1 L/100 km, the turbo-gas unit was much more engaging to drive”

  2. Dan,

    Thanks for your comments. Awesome!

    Fuel economy is one aspect to this, but not the end-all-be-all one. Diesel has always been known as an excellent fuel since the Second World War when is was first manufactured as a fuel of choice on submarine vehicles. It is too bad that diesel itself is expensive.

    However, my argument is on the cost and scarcity of fossil fuels in the future. Will we afford an 2 to 8 dollar per litre price (as they do in Europe) for our (even super fuel efficient) vehicles and be forced to switch to alternatives if we want to maintain the luxury of driving our own vehicles?

  3. Tom,

    In Europe you can live very well without a vehicle.The distances are smaller and the cities are built in such way that you can walk or take the bus to your job or for shopping.Gas is expensive there yes but you can live without.Btw Ford is selling a minivan assembled there with 1 litre engine. Here you can not find it..

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