Chances are there will never be a time when American motorists do something of a happy-dance while filling up at the pumps. No matter what the price is, it’s always going to be too high for some and chances are will only get higher as the years roll by.
However, if you look at today’s national average gas price of $3.55 from a rather larger perspective, you should at least take solace in the fact that you’re paying way less than your international friends. And it doesn’t matter where you live in the US – the 90cents this way or that makes no difference to the bargain you’re getting without even realizing it!
Let’s take Turkey as just one example – this is a country where you’ll be looking at paying just under $10 for a gallon of regular. It’s the same story in Norway too, which despite being a big oil producer for Europe still charges a heady $9.97 per gallon at the time of writing. It’s all a complex tale of taxes being used to fund government projects, infrastructure, education and so on and so forth, but all the good causes in the world don’t make paying for the stuff any less painful.
On average, those heading to the pumps in Europe will find themselves paying between $6 and $10 more than a US motorist for every gallon. So you have to ask yourself – could you still afford to drive your SUV if you were forced to pay the same?
On the other end of the spectrum there are those major global oil producers where gas is just so cheap it’s barely worth giving away. Taking Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for example, chances of paying more than about $0.50 per gallon is rare to say the least. Venezuela takes things to extremes by offering gallons of gas for as little as a dime – there’s little to no wonder these aren’t the kinds of countries bothered with things like hybrid cars and EV technology.