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Oh god, I almost drove off the road this morning when passing a gas station. $1.20! WTF!? Why, there is no ryhme or reason for these super high gas prices! This is ridiculous! I'm suppose to drive past Toronto and back this weekend! This is going to be so painful. When I first started to make the drives from Ottawa to Guelph it cost me $40 to fill up the tank, I'm afraid to find out what it's going to cost this time, but I'm thinking between $60-$70 :S

I swear, when I finally break down and buy a car, I'm going to hold out until I can afford a hybrid. (I was seriously considering buying a bike yesterday and that was *before* this sudden hike!)

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runonmoonlight
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
And this is why I am glad I live in a big city with public transit (okay, so they may be going on strike on Monday, but I agree with them, they get treated like ASS and I have a Union in with my Mum (she doesn't work for the same union, but they all talk with each other) and the shit that goes down is ridiculous).

I bike + TTC it everywhere. Can you get the bus/train down? Or would it be more expensive?
paraka
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ottawa has a decent transit system, but I live out in the boonies, There is a park and ride on my way into work, but it's so close to my work that it would be stupid to use it. Also my work is off of most of the bus routes so it would probably take me over an hour to get to work from the park and ride, while it only takes me 15 minutes to drive it (I'm not even joking, I had to bus it a couple times when I was going to school near the park in ride and didn't have a car. It would take on average an hour to make the short distance).

Can you get the bus/train down? Or would it be more expensive?
Taking the train down would be super expensive. It's like twice the price of taking a bus. I wonder why anyone would take the train, sure it's a *little* more comfortable than a bus, but it's not any faster, and is less likely to take you to a location close to where you want to end up.
The bus might be less expensive. I know that it used to be about the same as the gas required to drive down, that was a few years ago, and the gas was cheaper then, so if the price of tickets haven't gone up it might be, but they probably have gone up. Also, I make a couple stops along the way so it really is easier to drive up for now. But I'll probably start busing it soon, if only because I'm hoping to move out and I won't have access to my parents car :)
paradise_city
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Gas prices
Gas prices are ridiculous across the board, but they're even worse there than they are here. My mom's thinking about buying a new car and I can't convince her to get a hybrid no matter how hard I try. I wish I could. Hell, I wish I could afford a hybrid myself, although I don't really know any details about the financial cost/benefit. Still, it seems it's got to be better than a non-hybrid. I'm just hoping that by the time I can afford a new car, hybrid technology will have improved significantly.
paraka
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Gas prices
Gas prices are ridiculous across the board, but they're even worse there than they are here.
Actually they were saying on the news this morning that we're paying about 5 cents more than the US on the litre. Our government doesn't help us out as much as the US government does you (although, I'm sure it doesn't feel like that for you).
$1.20/litre works out to be something like $4.55/gallon since there are almost 4 litres in a gallon.

Hell, I wish I could afford a hybrid myself, although I don't really know any details about the financial cost/benefit
I did a quick look into it today and apperantly a hybrid can cost between $5000-6700 more than a non-hybrid model. Which does't sound all that bad to me considering how much cars cost, but I'm sure part of that too is that the non-hybrid models aren't the cheapest models of cars available.

I'm just hoping that by the time I can afford a new car, hybrid technology will have improved significantly.
I think that's probably a safe bet. I mean, a few years ago you'd be hard pressed to find a hybrid car at a normal car lot, but they have them now. And people *are* buying them, so they must be somewhat affordable. I know that my privince will give you a tax break if you buy one of around $1000 so that can factor into the cost as well.
I figure that I'll probably buy a hybrid or if I really can't afford one, a Smart Car.
guest_age
Apr. 18th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I was about to say "OMG, DUDE. It's like $3.99 here, how can you complain about $1.20?" and then I realized that duh, you mean per liter, not per gallon, and then I realized that omg, woah, that is a LOT, even worse than here, and now I feel really bad for everyone who has to pay that much. Cripes. Somebody needs to get to work on solar-powered cars or something.
paraka
Apr. 18th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, paradise_city said something like that, but there's almost 4L in a a gallon, so it comes out to be just under $4.55/gallon.

It's annoying because you know there's no *reason* for the price hikes. They're just being greedy and robbing us for all we're worth. Personally I'm at the point where I want to do as much as I can to avoid giving into oils hold on us. Seriously, I'm going to invest in a hybrid or full out electrical car as soon as I can afford it. We're lucky at our house that we invested in a ground source heat pump a decade ago or so when the government was giving out incentives, because now we run off of electricity instead of natural gas, and it's cheap/environmentally friendly.
ubiquitous_girl
Apr. 21st, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
We pay like a $1.40, and our state actually gets a 10c rebate from the government, and the other states pay 1.50-1.60 a litre. And it costs about $80 for me to fill the tank :( Tis absolutely ridiculous though. -.-
paraka
Apr. 27th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, I knew Australia had higher inflation, but we're all panicking at the thought of having to pay $1.40 by the end of the summer :S
ubiquitous_girl
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
It just keeps going up and up and up...we had like $1.45 or $1.47 last week, I was so glad I waited for 20mins in the queue the night before and filled up at $1.26.
paraka
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Last weekend I drove from Guelph to Ottawa, and before leaving I found one gas station that was at $1.16, when everywhere else in town was at $1.20. Then as I was driving home, most places $1.20, but I passed one place at $1.145 and one entire town at $1.147. I just don't get how there can be such a difference in one province. What allows the one station to go down so much lower?
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