As the Mar. 2020 pandemic comes to an end, gas prices have been skyrocketing and affecting millions around the country. During the COVID pandemic, people around the world stayed at home, which meant that there was a very low demand for gas. This resulted in extremely low gas prices at an average of $1.94 per gallon. Because of the low demand, Russia, who supplies approximately 10% of the gasoline in the world, shut down their production of gasoline. Once the fear of the pandemic decreased and people started leaving their houses again, the demand for gasoline went back up. Russia, however, started their production of gasoline too late, which made the prices escalate significantly. In Mar. 2021, gas prices jumped up to an average of $2.82 per gallon and prices have only gone up from there. Now, because of the Russian and Ukrainian conflict, there has been even more of an uptick in gas prices. As of May 15, 2021, the average price per gallon is $4.47.
“To try to save money on gas, I try to avoid getting gas as much as possible,” French teacher Cindy Stockstill said. “I usually try to go to Costco because it has the lowest prices. It is also so crazy with going into summer and there being so many people traveling because vacations will now be a lot more expensive due to the high gas prices.”
Due to the increase of gas prices, nine out of every 10 drivers are extremely concerned about not having enough money to pay for gas and other essentials for their everyday life. Many have tried to walk, bike or use public transportation instead of driving everywhere. Others are majorly reducing the amount of long road trips they take. In addition, electric cars have now become more appealing. Since gas prices are so high, buying an electric car is three to six times cheaper after calculating the savings in gas.
“Even though I don’t like the increase of gas prices, I know that nothing can really be done about it,” sophomore Aileen McAbee said. “The first time I ever filled my gas tank up it was $35, and now it’s $61, so this affects me a lot, and I do not like spending this much money on gas.”
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a gas tax break on Apr. 29. This bill was passed in hopes to help Floridians with the rising gas prices. The gas tax holiday will begin on Oct. 1 and will continue for the rest of the month. Oct. was chosen because Oct. has the least amount of out of state visitors.
“I don’t like the gas price increase because of how much money I need to pay about every other week,” sophomore Ellie Jane Riner said. “Every time I go to get gas the price is almost always more, which shocks me a lot since I need to use my own money to pay.”