posted on Apr, 14 2008 @ 04:08 AM
I really do feel sorry for all the people who have these problems.
One of the things I read in this thread is that europeans shouldn't complain about gas prices because we earn 3 times as much. Now I can tell
everyone that 3 times as much would be nice but it's not the case. However we do earn more. But...(yeah I know always a but) the costs of living are
more expensive here too.
I used to have a fiancee from Texas. We lived together in the Netherlands for a while and got to compare things very well. But if you ad all the
things up than things can be hard in all countries.
I do have some advice if you don't want to rely on the government to help you (because I believe they won't).
*smaller cars are cheaper in fuel usage
*getting a job closer to home if possible
*drive along with others if possible
*use public transport if possible
*bicycles!!! (here people will use a bicycle for distances of 5 mile... trust me you will get used to it)(also easy with finding parking space
*make your car as light as possible (clean out your trunk,strip unneeded things of your car)
*have enough air in your tyres
*combine routes (in other words, pick up groceries straight from work, drop of kids at friends places when you drive to work)
*if you buy a new car invest in a hybrid
*diesel cars will run on sunflower oil ( I don't know how well this is for your engine though)
I know the whole gasprice thing is a **** but try to make the best out of it and try to come up with creative solutions. I believe 90% of the people
on this board to be very inventive, so let us hear your tips on how to survive high gas prices!