Sunday, 25th February 2018

Sticker Shock at the Pump

Posted on 02. May, 2011 by in Blogs

Gas prices in Virginia

The last time gas prices neared $4.00 a gallon, the American people were pretty vocal. Now, it feels as if high gas prices are here to stay. Reports indicate one station in DC has charged as much as $4.99 a gallon. For every $10 rise in price per barrel, we can expect to pay another 25¢ per gallon.

While there are some things consumers can do to reduce total miles driven—including staying home, adjusting driving patterns, or using public transportation, I’m more concerned about what’s happening in the grocery store.

Food production relies heavily on diesel and gas powered vehicles. Rising fuel costs put a strain on local farmers who often do not recoup the full added expense at time of sale. This can have a devastating effect on individual producers. Add in transportation costs to get food to market and you experience a significant increase in your grocery bill. So, even if you do everything you can to minimize personal gas usage, you’re still paying for the rapid increases at the pump.

AAA reports that more motorists are running out of gas as they try to squeeze every penny—or fume—out of their tank. I played fume roulette all the way through college. That approach really works against you even when you absolutely don’t have the funds to fuel up. Especially if you hit construction or a traffic jam.

Fueling earlier in the week—or sometimes even earlier in the day—means you’re putting cheaper fuel in the tank. It’s better to get home on your own power. Calling for help because you’ve run out of gas is a total waste of your time and money.

To aid finding the best gas price nearby you can, of course, use online resources. I downloaded a free app to my mobile phone this weekend. It beats driving around and wasting fuel while looking for the best deal. It’s especially useful if you’re driving outside of your normal footprint.

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Marcia Moran helps organizations reimagine what’s possible and provides the framework for clients to achieve stellar, long-term results.

As a Performance Architect, Marcia uses the principles discovered through neuroleadership and positive psychology to deliberately design the employee experience and corporate culture. Blended with pragmatic systems design, these elements free people to play to their strengths while reducing strife in the workplace. As a result, people can push beyond their known limits as individuals, as teams, and as companies.

Marcia is also the Vice President of Marketing for Intelishift, a colocation company with operations in Ashburn, VA and Silicon Valley. Prior to moving to the Metro DC area, she worked as a business consultant for Up ‘N Running and advised startups and small businesses in the areas of management, operations, and marketing.

Marcia earned an MBA from Chapman University. She loves to travel, speaks Norwegian, and unwinds by kayaking and painting landscapes. Marcia recently co-founded Positive Business DC with Shannon Polly and Donna Hemmert. Positive Business DC provides resources to help people increase the levels of well-being in the workplace and at home.

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