All year a bunch of energy analysts and “experts” have been predicting
gloom and doom for the motoring public (and the overall economy) because gas
prices were sure to “skyrocket” to $5 a gallon or higher this spring and
summer. As prices at the pump inched up a few pennies seemingly every
day, we were inundated with TV crews passionately reporting at gas stations in
every town and city every morning and night trying to make news about the “pain
at the pump.”
Web sites and apps offered up- to- the- minute help for the
consumer who wanted to drive all over town wasting time and burning fuel to
find a gas station where they could save a few cents. News reporters
interviewed folks pumping gas who said they might have to postpone their
traditional family vacation road trip because of higher gas prices.
Really? If you took a 500 mile road trip and your car
averaged 25 mpg and the cost of gas was up 20 cents a gallon, the total
additional cost would be $4. Please! OK, double the miles driven
and double and cost per gallon to a whopping $8. Come on. Skip a couple of
Starbucks. Pack a lunch.
So why am I making a big deal about this? Because I’m
tired of hearing all the hype about the impact of rising gas prices which is
not a big deal. It’s not news. It’s misleading and it unduly scares
people until they put it all in perspective. Luckily, this time consumers
didn’t buy the media hype.
Now, get out there and drive!