This situation seems unreal to me, but metro Atlanta is having a serious gas shortage problem. We are going into week 3 of the shortage. It could be more than a week or 2 before we are back to normal. The refineries in the Gulf are not pumping to full capacity and that has a major effect on metro Atlanta. The other day, I passed 6 gas stations before I found 1 with gas. It had lines wrapping around the corner. Early Saturday evening, the Quik Trip on Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur was out of gas, but cars were lined up, camping out, waiting for the fuel truck to arrive. There was a sign on the door that said No Gas. My husband went inside and asked when the gas would be coming. The clerk said he had no idea. People are getting desperate. We are hearing that some people are topping off their tanks, just hoarding the gas and that is not helping the problem.
As I drove by the gas stations I took some photos. As a real estate agent, I am scheduled to go show homes tomorrow to a Buyer Client that needs to close by the end of October. I obviously can't put it off, because the clock is ticking. I am just nervous about driving with the uncertainty of not knowing if or when I can get gas again. Hopefully, this will get resolved, sooner than later.
What can we do? We are combining trips and not driving unless it's absolutely necessary. I am walking to the grocery store for small items. We are driving the speed limit, to reduce gas consumption. Yes, I know we should anyway. I'm not even using the air conditioning in the car because it burns more gas. I put the car in neutral at stop lights, I've been told it uses less gas than having it in drive. We have made sure the tires are fully inflated. What are you doing to conserve gas?
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