posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 09:47 AM
reply to post by lightchild
I would just like to say something. I'm a UK citizen, moved to the US when I was 7. Most of my family lives in the UK. The difference between the
UK and US gas/petrol price is this: England has one of the best public transportation systems.....you can get anywhere by train, tube, bus, bike,
etc....the country is tiny. In the US you HAVE to have a car. At least most people do. Unless you live in a big city then your public transport is
I live in the panhandle of Maryland. Gas right now is $3.79 at the lowest, with most being $3.89. It might not seem like a lot to a UK citizen but
consider this. I live in a mountainous, snowy area. We have to have a truck to get around.....so we need more gas than most. And probably fill up
more than most. I live in a town of 3,000 people. We have no public transportation at all. They got rid of our bus line years ago, there isn't a
train system, or cabs. So if you don't have a car then you are totally immobile.
In the UK we lived in Stretford....we didnt have a car. We didn't need one. Dad biked to work. We took trains everywhere...or walked, or took a
Our country is HUGE. The UK can be traversed quickly. I guess what I'm saying is that if I did live in the UK I wouldn't complain about the gas.
I'd just take advantage of the public transportation systems. You have probably the best in the world.
I guess that's why we in the US complain so much---a lot of us have no choice but to drive everywhere.....so we use a lot of gas. And when you are
filling up over and over again it adds up quickly. My family in England is always scoffing at me when I complain about gas...then I go into my
explanation of how it is really worse for us....the majority of them don't need a car, the majority of us here in the US do.