$3.50 a Gallon Is Cheap When Compared To Other Countries
Do you live in the United States? Does your bottom lip quiver every time you go to the gas station to fill up your car?
If the current price of gas makes you want to sell your car and start taking the bus, understand this - it could be worse. Much, much worse.
According to GasBuddy.com (link below), the current average cost of a gallon of regular gas in the United States is $3.485. We're still a bit off of the 2008 highs, but don't worry - we will almost certainly get there by this summer.
$3.50 per gallon means that it currently costs around $55-$56 to fill the average mid-size car.
Again - sounds expensive, but it could be much worse.
In the United Kingdom, a gallon of gasoline currently costs around $8.10. The current cost of a liter of gasoline in the UK is 131.38p, which translates to about $2.14 USD. There are roughly 3.8 liters in a gallon, which gives us the $8.10/gallon price.
So, as it stands right now, the cost of filling a car with a 16-gallon tank in the United Kingdom is nearly $130 USD.
The cost of gas is even higher in other European countries.
Italians are currently paying around $8.30 per gallon, Germans are paying an average of $8.33 per gallon and those living in the Netherlands are paying an incredible $9.11 per gallon. That means that the cost of filling a car with a 16-gallon tank in the Netherlands is nearly $150 USD.
It's not just European countries that are paying more for gas than their American counterparts.
For instance, Canadians pay more to fill up their cars than Americans, despite the fact that Canada has one of the world's largest proven oil reserves. A gallon of gasoline in Canada cost approximately $4.50 as of this morning.
In Russia, Australia, Japan, Sweden and Brazil, it's the same story - it costs considerably more to fill up a car in those countries than it does in the United States.
So, while the price of gas may seem unreasonably high in the United States, you can feel some comfort in knowing that you aren't paying $8-$9/gallon like in some other countries throughout the world.
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