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Gas Prices

I spoke to my dad earlier, and he brought up an terrifying point for all those people in the USA who are worried about $4 gasoline....

Currently the price in the UK is 1.11GBP per litre. That works out as $8.30 a US gallon...

...the UK isn't really that much more expensive than the rest of the world. Maybe 1.50 of that is the extra tax that they use to, well, have a road system that doesn't suck1

So yeah, when people say it's going to get worse before it gets better? It's more of a - it was artificially good before (subsidized), now the US is actually catching up.


1 - ok, so I'm in California which has roads designed as if by tripping hippies and built as if by a stoned surfer name Jeb, but... still...


5th May, 2008 21:49 (UTC)
I don't know why people freak out about gas prices. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It doesn't change drastically in a short time, and yes, $8.30 a gallon sounds really expensive, but well, either you can afford to drive or you can't. A few cents here and there doesn't make a lot of difference. I would still look for a good deal if I did drive, but people act like gas is friggin God. Just chill already!

I'd love for my father to hear what you think about California roads. :p He's important at Caltrans and has worked there longer than I've been alive.
10th May, 2008 23:05 (UTC)
short answer for your dad - they suck ;)

The planning is bad, the quality is poor, and they are almost never fixed quickly.

Granted I'm comparing to the UK where we actually have funding for stuff like that... so it probably doesn't compare too well... but still.
10th May, 2008 23:20 (UTC)
Heh, I don't doubt they do! I don't really care what you say regarding my father or anything that might be of his doing anyhow...don't like the guy! :p