Each time I “look”, I see something similar. The sad news is that gas prices will never go back down. Each time I’ve looked, I see us paying on average $4.50/gal. by 2014-2015. The earliest I see us paying $4/gal is 2011. The latest is 2013, which is only 5 years away from this writing. Do any of us remember 2003? It wasn’t that long ago. That’s how soon 2013 is.
I will always suggest people work more on becoming self-sufficient in whatever ways they can. This will help the economic drain that gasoline prices will bring. With higher gas prices, come higher prices on everything that has to be delivered somewhere. With the exception of only a few items, everything gets delivered somewhere.