Simplifying the situation

Every day, the price of gas seems to be going up a little bit more. Currently, gas is hovering at just below $4 a gallon, and with peak summer prices just around the corner, Iím not sure how high the price is going to go before we are through.

Like a lot of people around this area, the price of gas is having a serious effect on my bank account. In an average week, I put hundreds of miles on my car just traveling back and forth to work every day. (Compared to what other people travel, I know my small commute isnít much, but it does add up at the end of the week.) In addition there are trips for groceries, driving to my relativesí houses on the weekend, picking up my nieces and nephews from school or the babysitter and countless other trips for one thing or another that all add up with the ever-rising cost of fuel.

The cost of gas is driving up prices throughout the country for many different products. The cost of groceries has increased substantially in the last few months, as the distributors have to pay more and more money to ship their products, and with prices rising at the pump and in the store, many people are being doubly hit with the increasing costs.

Politicians are discussing the situation, suggesting gas tax holidays and tax credits to help Americans handle the increased costs. People are talking about it at work and online and in ď30 Seconds,Ē and yet, Iím not sure Iíve heard anyone embrace what could be the easiest solution.

The price of gas seems outrageous to us as Americans, because for years gas hovered at between $1 and $2 a gallon. When I first started driving, I could fill up my car for under $15, now Iím lucky if I can keep it under $50 Ė a drastic change since Iíve been driving less than 10 years. However, in many foreign countries, the cost of fuel is still higher than in the United States. European countries charge significantly more for fuel, and as a result, more people chose to embrace alternative methods of transportation and to cut down on the number of unnecessary trips they take.

Like everyone else, Iím hoping that fuel prices will eventually come down, that scientists will find other viable fuel sources that can meet with the worldís demand, but until that time, I think it would be easier if everyone tried to conserve the resources we have in order to give ourselves time to find those other sources.

Itís not easy, especially in a rural area where many people live 30 miles or further from their workplace, school or the nearest grocery store, but if we all cut back a little on how much we drive, we might save a little gas, a little money and make our lives just a little simpler.

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