Did you take that spring break trip you “needed” yet? In all likeliness, you probably opted to stay home instead on account of gas prices. That’s precisely what a survey by the Southern California AAA concluded. Just 47% of respondents said they would take at least one leisurely trip during the break, compared to 57% last year.
But don’t fret: Relief may very well be on the way,thanks to railroads, of all things. With no easy access to domestic sources, much of the crude refined in California comes from other countries, which adds to the price at the pump. However, BNSF is set to move record amounts of crude from booming North Dakota to famished California, which will help in reducing prices in the near term.
It helps that, on average, gas mileage on cars sold in the US is improving. Today’s cars average out to about 23.8 miles per gallon. However, pundits note that when a series of disasters in Japan affected car production from that country, American-made automobiles continued manufacturing vehicles with mediocre mileage, sending the overall mileage down for a period of time. The Energy Department also predicts that gas prices will remain stable for the next two years and in fact will decrease, though not by much.