High gas prices prompt lifestyle rethink for Nova Scotians

The rise in gasoline prices to near historic highs in Nova Scotia is prompting people to reassess their driving habits and consider substantial changes to their lives.

CBC News predicting price of gas will rise when it's set Thursday night

Tabatha Boucher said she and her husband spend $1,000 a month on gas commuting from their home in Elmsdale to work in Halifax. (CBC)

Some Nova Scotians are considering substantial changes to their lifestyles as gasoline prices approach record highs in the province.

Tabatha Boucher said she and her husband spend $1,000 a month on gas commuting from their home in Elmsdale to work in Halifax. The drive takes roughly 40 minutes.

The Bouchers have traded their truck for a more fuel efficient car, but are considering more drastic action as filling the tank gets more expensive.

"We're thinking, actually, of selling our house and coming closer," said Boucher, who works as a waitress at the Lion's Head Tavern in Halifax.

Regular unleaded gas in the Halifax area is currently selling for 143.3 cents per litre, just two cents shy of the record high of 145.4 cents per litre reached two years ago. The price peaked on April 6, 2012.

The current price in Sydney, meanwhile, is 145.2 cents per litre.

Gas prices are close to record highs in the Halifax area. (CBC)

Dave Collins, the vice-president of Wilson Fuel Company, has predicted prices could soon hit $1.50 — the highest ever in Halifax. He said relief at the pumps likely won't come until July.

CBC News is predicting the price of gas will go up in Nova Scotia when it's set at midnight on Thursday.

High gas prices are also tough for Steph Power, a single mother. She works with Boucher and is also thinking about moving closer to work.

"I just think it's nuts," she said of rising prices. "I'm already struggling."


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