UNITED STATES—Oh, jeez, I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the price of gas slowly, but surely falling to unbelievable rates. I mean it was only 5 to 6 years ago, where the epidemic of high gas prices had every working American strapped.
For anyone, not in the know, go back to 2008, it was right in the midst of the fall of Wall Street and America was experiencing perhaps one of the deepest economic depressions most of us have ever seen. Gas prices were between $4.50 and $5.00 a gallon. Yeah, something many of us never expected, but it became a thing of the future. We began to adjust to the fact that gas prices would no longer fall below the $3 mark.
A Christmas miracle is happening across America. The price of gas is dropping and continuing to drop. Time to shout and enjoy the great news. Whenever gas prices take a dip, it allows us to utilize those extra dollars for other amenities like food, traveling, bills, shopping, etc.
I mean in 2008, we had no choice, but to cope with the high prices; rather we complained about it or not, the price of gas was not dropping. Nowadays it seems like the oil tycoons and politicians understand drivers are happy when the price of oil drops. I mean the countless excuses we heard as to why gas prices were on the rise, made little to no sense.
The price of a barrel of oil is at all-time high, tensions in foreign countries, the list went on and on. There was just one problem, the reasoning didn’t add up.
With that being said, it’s always been known for gas prices to peak during the summer months and for them to dip during the winter months. The excuse: more people are on the road in the summer months than in the winter months. Makes sense, but then I had to ask myself, there are plenty more holidays in the fall/winter than in the summer.
I guess that argument is valid in certain parts of the country. In the Midwest and on the East coast, the travel season does decrease slightly as the winter months bring heavy levels of snow and ice that make travel treacherous. If you venture to the South and West, the harsh weather of the winter is not as intense. Temps stay mild, and sometimes rain might be a threat to travel in those regions.
I think those who have control with the rise and drops in gas prices should present better arguments to the American public. Considering we are the ones who place dollars into the pockets of gas stations, states, oil tycoons and a list of others, how we respond to pricing should be important. I’m not complaining, as I received a much earlier Christmas present this year than I expected; I just hope it lasts longer than a month or two.