The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.)
Gas price increases continue their record-breaking pace,
with even regular unleaded inching over the $2 per gallon
mark late last week.
And there appears to be no immediate end in sight to the
price increases. Some are predicting the price could reach
$2.25 by this summer's peak driving season.
Commuters, businesses, government agencies and school districts
all are feeling the pinch. Some companies, including delivery
services and transportation companies, have initiated fuel
surcharges to help cover the extra cost of doing business.
Consumers have few tools at their disposal to combat the
But there are a few things they can do.
One course of action is to cut down on unnecessary trips.
Consolidate errands and, better yet, tack them onto the end
of the daily commute. Such a move not only saves gas and money,
it also reduces traffic congestion and curbs air pollution
from vehicle emissions.
Soaring gas prices also provide an added incentive to make
sure your car maintenance is up to date. Even something as
simple as tires inflated to the proper pressure improves gas
Here's an appealing one: Slow down. Cars typically consume
less gas at slower speeds. Driving within the speed limit
makes the roads safer for everyone, too.
With gas prices climbing, now is a great time to look at
alternative modes of transportation. Carpool it. Ride a bike
or walk or use Intercity Transit.
Alternative transportation has never looked so good.
And while it's hard to find the silver lining in the dark
cloud of escalating gas prices, one quickly comes to mind.