Is This What Life With the World's Highest Gas Prices Looks Like?
Despite the difficulties involved in comparing gallons to liters and converting from one currency to another, the price of gas in our respective countries somehow seemed to come up frequently as a topic of conversation in my Turkish classes. And there was no easier way to get my fellow students--generally from European nations--and, particularly, my Turkish teacher riled up than to say how much gas costs in the United States, and add, “And Americans think that's really expensive."Pricey petrol hasn't put much of a dent in Europeans' driving habits. But what about in Turkey, where drivers pay the highest gas prices in Europe, if not the world--the equivalent of $11 per gallon this past summer (though you get more for your dollar at the moment)? To judge by the infamously bad traffic in Istanbul--where the scene above is as rare a sight as snow in San Francisco--not much has changed here either. And car ownership in Turkey, though still low by Western standards, has jumped from 56 cars per 1,000 inhabitants in 1997 to approximately 90 a decade later. General economic malaise may keep those numbers down for now, but high gas prices seem to be accepted as the cost of doing business. Via: "Turkish motorists pay the most for gasoline in Europe," Today's ZamanMore on gas prices:Gas Prices Fall, Will Fuel Consumption?High Gas Prices Mean Fewer Traffic FatalitiesHigh Gas Prices = Fewer Auto DeathsAmericans Direct Scorn Over High Gas Prices Towards WashingtonCarrot 0, Stick 1: Gas Prices Cause Boom in Bikes, TransitHigh Gas Prices Changing SocietyMore Motorists Running Out of GasPublic Transit Looking More Attractive in the Face of Record Gas PricesAuto Makers Demand Higher Gas Prices