There aren’t many commodities that affect the cost of living for gas. It is how we get to work, ship products across the country, provide emergency services, and so on. Over the past few months, the price of gas in the US has been climbing, and the situation is worsening.
The national average in America is $5 a gallon, which is the highest price it has ever gotten. Americans are doing all they can to stretch the tank a little further. Many people are carpooling, using motorcycles and bicycles.
Bike sales are exploding as more people can’t afford gas to go to nearby places. Google Maps or Route4Me routing management software is also helping by giving a route that navigates with fewer hills to save on fuel consumption. This is a big problem, and emergency services, especially the police, are under strain.
According to its Facebook post, a Sheriff’s office is feeling the pain at the pump. It has tried ways to cut down expenses by reducing patrols. It is also urging deputies to handle non-urgent calls over the phone.
This might be a great way to save money, but it will limit how well police officers can do their job. It is hard to be of any help to a civilian in distress over the phone.
These are some of the few ways Americans have tried to survive the oil crisis that has no indications of getting better. Part of the problem is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which is still happening.
Russia is the biggest source of the gas Americans use, and the tension between the countries limits gas imports. This is a wake-up call for more investment in public transit and using electric cars to reduce dependence on oil.