Crude oil problem

Crude Oil Problem

Over the past year, everyone has felt the heavy burden at the fuel pumps. It has really taken a toll on the overall economy. While people are scared about their futures in hand, they are upset to know that they have no other choice but to continue buying fuel for their vehicles.

Those that operate larger vehicles are feeling the most pain out of all of us. In fact, dealerships are getting more and larger vehicles as trade-ins. In return, those people who are doing the trade-ins, are getting smaller, compact cars for better fuel mileage. Although dealerships are giving great incentives if you purchase an SUV, they simply aren’t being sold due to the fuel costs.

People are more selective about where they go as well. Instead of traveling in their vehicles, and going out for entertainment, people are finding ways to entertain themselves in their own household. The less that people can use their cars, is now looking to be the better option. People seem to be planning trips around each other, so that they don’t have to continually waste gas, hoping that they could get the most out of one trip. Online sales have also been up, where some companies offer free shipping on items, so that the customer no longer has to transport themselves for the product. The tourist industry is also definitely suffering due to fuel surcharges by airlines as well.

There is a desperate need for fuel conservation.  The upsurge in considering hybrid cars is a result of the financial burden at the fuel pumps. Carpooling to work and other activities has also become more common in the United States. In fact, some employers are allowing their staff to work four days a week, but with longer hours. This way there is one less day a week that their gas tank has to endure on a trip out of the house. Parents are cutting back on extra activities for their kids, which is never the healthiest option.

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