Increasing gas prices make people reconsider their daily commute


Increasing gas prices
Source: AUN News


  • The cost of diesel at UK gas stations has surpassed £1.90 per litre for the first time.
  • The difference between gasoline and diesel has grown to 23.95p.
  • The AA anticipates that both prices will soon start to level off, but are still high.
  • Joan, 89, and Patience, 90, live in an unserviced mobile home park and rely on their cars for transport.
  • The Cost of Living Cafe is located in Gloucester’s GL11 Community Hub.
  • It has begun concentrating on assisting people with their daily expenses.
  • There is guidance, online assistance, a warm location to eat affordably, and a food bank.
  • Some people may find it challenging to travel to locations where support is available.

For the first time in close to three months, due to increasing gas prices, the cost of diesel at UK gas stations has surpassed £1.90.

The amount that drivers pay has significantly decreased from the all-time highs seen at the beginning of July, but it is still high when compared to recent years.

Experian data shows that prices have once again started to rise, with a litre of diesel now costing an average of 190.12p and a litre of gasoline costing 166.17p.

The AA reported that the difference between gasoline and diesel had grown to 23.95p due to increasing gas prices

But based on wholesale prices, it anticipates that both prices will soon start to level off.

This year, the cost of living has increased due to a number of factors, including fuel, whose price growth is at a 40-year high.

Many people who live in rural areas are particularly feeling the effects because there are fewer options for public transportation and a greater reliance on cars for longer distances.

According to a recent study by the Rural Services Network, bus routes are still being cut, and transportation costs account for a larger portion of the income of rural households.

According to a review by the Competition and Markets Authority, rural areas typically paid 1 to 2 cents more per litre than urban ones.

This is probably due to the fact that forecourts had more expensive transportation costs, less competition, and lower fuel volumes.

The government may look into a fuel price comparison programme. Rural areas are “hit harder” by the crisis in the cost of living

Times are uncertain

Gloucestershire Gardens is a company that maintains gardens, run by Richard Morris. His ability to travel throughout the countryside for work is essential to his livelihood, so the price of diesel is having an effect.

The cost of filling his car and the motorized gardening tools in his trailer is £240 more per month than it was the previous year.

This reduces revenue. “I wanted to expand the business, hire a new employee, and buy a new vehicle. However, the current state of affairs makes it impossible to do that.”

He is now hesitant to accept jobs if they are located too far away. He admits, “I’ve actually declined jobs just because the cost of the fuel to get to the job would be too high.

Driving is also crucial for the struggling home care sector

The mileage paid to caregivers was increased, according to Joanne Folkes, manager of Caremark in Gloucester and Stroud, to ensure that the company was covering the expense.

The company does its best to control costs by shortening rounds to reduce travel time and distance and by experimenting with new modes of transportation.

Not everyone is suited for mopeds, but they are a very economical mode of transportation, according to Joanne.

Caremark is introducing fuel-efficient mopeds for transportation.

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Fuel expenses continue to be an issue for many households as increasing gas prices

We met Joan, Patience, and David at a community centre in the Gloucestershire village of Cam.

They live next to each other in an unserviced mobile home park that is ten minutes away by car. 89-year-old Joan exclaims, “You’d have to walk a mile to get to the bus!”

They all adore their homes, but they all rely on their cars to go shopping and to social events like bingo.

Their budgets are currently being eaten up by fuel. David now arranges his trips so that he can complete several tasks in one trip rather than making several.

Additionally, he is reducing his non-essential travel. “Although Gloucester is only 15 miles away, it’s now too expensive for me to visit. You just go to the store to get what you need rather than going out for a ride.”

Joan claims: “You have to make cuts, and you hesitate before getting behind the wheel. I don’t want to use that gasoline today, you think “.

She has started to decide against trips that don’t seem worth it even though she wants to keep the car for as long as possible to maintain her independence.

Instead of filling her tank, patience tries to keep her spending under control. I perform what you might refer to as a “slap and a dash” in which you only add the necessary amount.

They’ve car-shared today

It has begun concentrating on assisting people with their daily expenses. There is guidance, online assistance, a warm location to eat affordably, and a food bank.

There is also “the food pantry,” where people can purchase goods to take home for a small fee. The center is accessible to people who work during the day because it is open until 7 p.m.

According to Indigo Redfern, the need for financial assistance has increased.

Indigo Redfern, the CEO of the company, claims that demand has increased as a result of cost pressures that are “coming from every direction.”

She calls fuel costs “prohibitive” and claims that people frequently reduce their driving when they can, which may have an adverse effect on their quality of life.

Some people may find it challenging to travel to locations like the GL11 hub, where support is available, due to their dispersed location.

If someone doesn’t have a car and needs more groceries than they can carry on foot, for example, volunteers from the hub can deliver the groceries instead.

Indigo explains, “[They] are very kindly doing it out of their own pocket.” “Nobody has yet informed us that they are unable to afford to deliver food from our food banks. However, I think that will begin to happen.”


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