Listening to people complain about gasoline prices can get a little irritating. Especially since many people who complain about this are the same people who drive SUVs and pick up trucks, and do not have the necessity to do so. I can see if you own a business where you require one, but if you are getting yourself to work and back each day in a V8 4 wheel drive GMC Sierra you may as well have your pay cheque transferred directly to Petro Canada. Maybe try living in Europe, we have had it good for a long while.
I partially know this from experience as I used to drive a 97 Ford Ranger, which is a smaller truck, and would often walk away from the pumps frustrated after having paid $70 or $80 to fill it up. Recently I found out that this was nothing when I rented a full size pick up truck for the day to transport my demolished deck. I filled the rental back up at the end of an exhausting day; I had only used slightly more than 1/4 tank, and I rung up the pump to $54. This truck would have cost about $150 to fill up at that day's price, which was about one month ago today. Compare that to my 2006 Toyota Matrix which runs me about $40 for a full tank.
Wow.......that would not go over well with me, but I may be a little frugal, but I would not enjoy paying over $8,000 / annually on gasoline just for the pleasure of driving one of these things around with nothing in the box.
Personally higher gas prices don't really bother me. We drive 2 Toyotas that get 32 mpg (avg.) and 36 mpg (avg.), and our monthly gas bill is about $220. Also, we are both well compensated for our out of town kilometers for work. Gas mileage was one of the reasons we got rid of our older vehicles, as well as one of the reasons we selected the Matrix and Yaris.
I also own shares of Petro Canada (PCA), so I am slightly hedged against rising gas prices. I feel a lot better paying my gas bill to Petro Canada when I know that they are growing the value of my investment over time, as the rest of the world scorns them as thieves and villains.