There are a number of things that are inevitable in the spring, including tax season and gas price increases.
So, you would think when the price at the pump jumped to 125.9 a litre in Swift Current on May 9, that we wouldn't bat an eye. Prices go up before a long weekend (or sometimes after), as gas companies roll out the "demand" excuse while raising prices due to their simple formula of supply and demand and production schedules.
However, after our harsh winter and the many cancelled trips which extended into the spring, many people need the break of a travel getaway to see family and friends.
There is nothing more refreshing, and seemingly Canadian, that a relaxing road trip.
I have to borrow a couple of country music lyrics to make my point. Dean Brody in his song Sunday Drive croons "Everybody needs some sun sometimes, A little Sunday drive to light up their world of grey." You can picture that in your mind, but nothing in his lyrics suggest waiting until after payday so you can fill your tank to take such picturesque drive.
Lots of people are excited about the appearance of Florida Georgia Line at Frontier Days this summer. In their hit song Cruise, they share this right of passage lyric "You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise down a back road blowin’ stop signs through the middle every little farm town with you." We've all done it, and you can even picture the people in the vehicle with you. But this opportunity is no where near as fun when everyone has to pool their funds just to buy a quarter tank of gas. That, my friends, is taking a taxi.
I only fueled my distain after visiting the gasbuddy.com website which shares prices at the pump across North America. During a visit on the morning of May 10, the site showed Saskatchewan's average price for gas was 122.9 per litre, while Canada's national average was 126.5 per litre.
Using some quick math, as 3.785 litres make up a gallon, that makes a gallon of gas in Swift Current $4.76. The gasbuddy website showed the US average gas price was $3.56 a gallon, while Hawaii pays the highest price per state at $4.35 a gallon.
So, congratulations everyone, we are now paying a higher gas price that the island state of Hawaii!
Now, whenever I hear a driving song, I'll just pretend they are singing about riding a bike.