I live in Georgia and the past couple of weeks was pretty hard for my state, and the South in general, due to gas shortages. I learned about the Colonial Pipeline hack late on May 8 from a YouTube channel and thought everything would be fine. Information came out that my state had plenty of gasoline in reserves. I thought people wouldn’t panic buy. My naivete and trust in the public was wrong. People did, causing gas stations to run out. So how can we prepare for future gas shortages?
Tip #1 On How To Prepare For Future Gas Shortages: Maintain A Healthy Fuel Supply In Your Vehicle
One of the best ways to prepare for gas shortages is to maintain a healthy fuel supply in your vehicle.
I know some people who wait until the fuel light comes on in their car or truck before they refuel. This is bad, not only because the fuel pump has to work harder (which can reduce its lifespan) but if you can’t find any gasoline you will run out.
So here’s what you should do: Choose a level to get gas before your tank gets too low. This could be when your tank is half full, or when you have a quarter of a tank of gas. Now you will have to buy gasoline more frequently, but at least you will have fuel to get where you need to go if people panic buy.
Tip #2 On How To Prepare For Future Gas Shortages: Consider Storing Some
Another way to prepare for future gas shortages is to consider storing some gasoline. Unfortunately, this tip may not work for you if you don’t have the correct space to do so.
This article explains in great detail how to store gasoline correctly, and providing how long this will last before it degrades. Basically, you must keep gasoline in a proper storage can (not plastic storage bins like some people did during this recent shortage), and you must keep it away from heat.
Finally, gasoline only last about 3 to 6 months before it starts to degrade. I suggest you use any gasoline in storage before the 3 month date as that way you won’t waste any money.
Final Tip: Consider Non-Gasoline Vehicles
The final way to prepare for future gas shortages is consider non-gasoline vehicles. This way you can various other avenues to commute to work, pick up your kids from school, or go shopping.
Theses vehicles can be battery-operated like electric cars. Or they can manual like a push scooter, skateboard or a bicycle.
Now these methods have additional costs. Electric cars can be expensive, and they require charging. Depending on your circumstances this option may not work for you. Manual vehicles are faster than walking but slower than driving. And you have to wear a helmet to protect you against a fall. However, this option is usually inexpensive, and some people already own a bike or a push scooter.
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