I always tell people that gas prices are around where they should be compared to when I started driving in 1987 and we’ve been spoiled with low prices for so long. People looked at the numbers on the pump and thought I was crazy. Of course, they were wrong. And I was EXACTLY RIGHT, but I never could get people to do more than patronize me when I tried explaining the inclusion of inflation into the equation.
Here’s a link to a comparison of gas prices, with ADJUSTED PRICES for accurate comparison.
It puts today’s prices about right compared to 1987 (less than in 1985 and more than 1990, around the middle). And guess what? We were spiled with the LOWEST prices EVER in the 90s and even recently with the exception of the understandably troubled economic year of 2001.
The point is LISTEN TO ME. I’m not always right, but I’m not always crazy either. While everyone was complaining about gas prices, I was thankful. Why? Because I had an accurate perspective, while the general public did not (or ever does except by coincidence).
Now that I’m done bragging about my superior (or lucky) intellect, you may go about your business.