We've got a senior government minister suggesting Britons turn their homes into potential deathtraps; we've got police being called in to break up fights in long queues at petrol stations. You might think Britain has a problem. And you'd be right.
Strike or no strike, with petrol prices on the rise, already over £1.40 per litre, there's never been a better time for credit conscious motorists to learn how to get the most out of those petrol tanks.
I am writing this blog from Tanzania where, on Friday I met some villagers from Kisarawe, which is a three-hour drive north west of Dar es Salaam. The villagers have been affected by a massive landgrab by a British company called Sun Biofuels.
Increased fuel expenses, soaring car insurance premiums and a disproportionate cost of living has left mums with little option but to take shorter journeys - or leave the car in the garage altogether and walk.