I honestly can’t believe that gas prices are still constantly going up. For some reason I had it in my head that this summer the prices would stay about the same or much cheaper. I am 20 years old now, when I first started driving four years ago, gas was right at $1.15 a gallon. It’s amazing that over time prices seem to sky-rocket. I am from Columbia, Tennessee and I drive to Murfreesboro three days a week for school and to LaVergne two days for my internship. I will have to say that I always fill up when I am up in Rutherford County though. Gas in Maury County is nowhere near as cheap as it is there. I never thought that I would say that $3.39 is cheap. It was definitely cheaper than the $3.59 in Spring Hill. I’m not sure why the prices of gas change depending on the region. I will say to all of you folks traveling or living in Rutherford County, it’s definitely not a bad idea to go ahead and fill up. I am worried about airlines as well as cars with this issue. The price of fuel is going up and so will airline tickets. Also, I don’t plan on going on any road trips anytime soon. It’s crazy how much gas is now. I hate to see what it will be this summer. The prices going up will be a major problem to people such as myself that commute at least an hour one way.
Being a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, I am worried about the rising gas prices. Even though I live in Murfreesboro, I still have to commute every day to campus. I am obviously already on a very tight budget, and am just now beginning to see how the prices at the pump are draining my bank account. And like I mentioned, I live in town about fifteen minutes from campus. I am lucky compared to some classmates of mine who live outside of Murfreesboro. They are having a much more difficult time paying at the pump. It’s stressful for students, as well as many Tennesseans, who live on very tight budgets and who commute every day to have to pay more than $3.50 for a gallon of gas. It’s even more stressful to think what gas prices will be like as time goes on because, it seems multiple factors are to blame for the rising prices at the pump. The unrest in Middle East is not something America can have much control over. And even though I find it surprising the improving economy is partly to blame for the gas prices, I am happy the economy is improving both here in the United States and in Europe. I just hope the gas prices at least plateau soon so we can continue to commute without having to skip out paying a bill or two just so we can get in our cars and go seomewhere.
When will enough be enough? I was so happy and relieved that gas prices were starting to go down at the end of last year. The prices were definitely making a difference in how much I pumped and how often. I am a college student here in Middle Tennessee and I am responsible of paying everything for myself including my gas. Although I do not commute to campus I do have a drive home to visit my family. I am lucky to live so close to campus that I can ride the public transportation offered. But my family does live about 2 hours away, so when I make that trip in my car it takes up a lot of gas. I use to be able to go home maybe every weekend but now that these prices are higher there is no way I can afford that. I can’t imagine how much more it would actually be for a student that commutes every day to class. It is absolutely crazy that in California and other big states a gallon costs up to $4.00. That is an exaggerated amount of money to have to pay to just get you from place to place. If these prices keep going up there is no telling when it will stop and how much the top price would be. Although our economy is getting a bit and I feel happy about that, it still doesn’t change the fact that a lot of our pockets still getting emptier.
I think it is universally agreed upon that gas prices are too high, but there is not much more to be done about them other than to complain. From my home in Murfreesboro, driving to school five days a week is about a five mile drive. However, anytime I want to go back to my hometown, it is a three and a half hour drive. That usually equates to about half a tank in my SUV. I do not like having to give up more and more money each time I fill up, but what can I do? I am now at the point where I either do not look at the amount at the pump when I drive away or fill up often as not to realize how much money I really am having to spend. I do make a point to fill up in Murfreesboro when I leave for the weekend and again in my hometown in MS before I come back. The gas prices in the two places tend to be similar. This is not the first time people have been up in arms about gas prices and I am sure it will not be the last.