It was announced on the radio this morning that petrol prices will be stable for the rest of the year, and that it is time to celebrate. Um, no. I’ll sing Christmas carols and pop the champagne bottle when the petrol price goes back to the amount it was a few years ago. It was also announced that petrol might go down 20c per litre and that the money saved from this (What money?) can be used for Christmas or put towards saving. Um, no again. This saving – if you could even call it that – will be used to save for future petrol hikes. Until then, I’ll use the champagne to drink away my petrol sorrows and celebrate the fact every day that I ACTUALLY made it to work.
Petrol prices continue to rise and us South African’s will continue to ride on fumes. Driving to work and back is like a game of hope… Will I get home? How long will this petrol last? Driving in bumper to bumper traffic is a game of ‘Watch the petrol gage go down.’
Gone are all the days when I could purchase a full tank of petrol. Asking for R50.00 or R100.00 petrol now a days is an embarrassing experience. I just wait cringing in the car, waiting for the petrol attendant to laugh in my face. This routine is followed by a, “it’s not pay day yet.”
Although generally speaking, most people are feeling the pinch of petrol. A lot of them drive happily in their 4x4 ‘trucks’ – which cost over a grand to fill, with no worry at all, which is fine. But for us – the petrol worriers – it’s a case for concern. As petrol prices eat away at our salaries, we begin to think if it’s worth driving to work or not, or even worse, if we actually CAN drive to work. Traffic, oh glorious traffic, makes petrol go down faster, as well as our patience.
If things get worse, the possibility of getting to work will be non-existent and we’ll either have to work from home or not work at all. Scary thought, but a realistic one.
So ways to fight the petrol crisis:
No.1 Leave at sparrows fart to miss the traffic, but suffer from continual fatigue and bags under the eyes
No.2 Get your boss to pay for your petrol, or at least contribute to it (long shot?)
No.3 Catch a taxi. At least with this option you’ll beat the traffic as taxi’s always drive on the invisible road next to the main road
No.4 Work from home – motivation and self-determination would be key here
No.5 Find a petrol alternative using dog shit
No.6 Buy an electric car – but having said that, if you can’t afford petrol now, it’s highly unlikely that you have the finances to buy an electric car
No.7 Drive with someone – this might mean befriending the office loser
No.8 Cover your petrol light so that you’re not constantly reminded of low petrol. However, this WILL lead to a break down so this option is not advisable
The petrol crisis is sadly only going to get worse, so it’s time to make a plan. It’s time to be petrol wise. And once petrol wise and no longer the victim of petrol hikes, we can then all enjoy champagne. Who knows, we might be able to have the expensive champagne with all the savings we’ll be creating!