It’s the holiday weekend, and like so many others, you’re driving down the highway when the dreaded fuel light comes on. You pull into the next service station, and just as you had feared, the price at the pump has spiked 5 to 10 cents in comparison to earlier on in the week. Rather than leave your automobile for dead and risk arriving at your final destination late, you begrudgingly pay the inflated bill and go on your merry way. If life is a highway, I’m not sure we can afford to ride it all night long. During last month’s Easter long weekend, the cost of gas jumped overnight to $1.35 per litre. For our traditionally affordable Honda Civic, this put the price to fill up the tank at $50. With Victoria Day weekend less than two weeks away, you’re guess is as good as mine as to how severely we’ll be gouged at the pump. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
How high will gas prices be on Victoria Day weekend?
- $1.50 per litre (65%, 62 Votes)
- $1.40 per litre (15%, 14 Votes)
- Ditch your car. (11%, 10 Votes)
- $1.60 + per litre (7%, 7 Votes)
- $1.30 per litre (2%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 95
Aside from the basic supply and demand rhetoric, there always seems to be multiple excuses for unreasonable increases in the price at the pump, specifically those that coincide with long weekends. For our household, my wife and I don’t rely on our car to get around on most days, however we still feel the pinch when it comes time to fill up. This has made us scrutinize our travel plans over the course of the summer months, and opt for more local destinations and staycations instead. Does the cost of gas impact your family road trips? How much are you honestly willing to pay at the pump, and what’s the price that will make you say “enough is enough”?
Special thanks to the green pages for today’s photo.