Not so bad

Eduardo Oliveira Costa is a journalist and publisher of several newspapers across Portugal. He is on the board of several organisations, is president of a football club, and has a keen interest in the press, among other media, and the business environment.

THERE ARE lots of good people out there confused about the excessive cost of petrol.

But, as with everything, there is a positive side: it seems that, because of this, the number of cars on our roads is decreasing.

Traffic queues in cities are smaller and there aren’t as many cars on the roads at night.

It is obvious that the car is essential. But, it is also true that it is used and abused. Or better still, it is now used but less abused.

The fact of the matter is that, whether we want it or not, we don’t stop adding up the bills: if I drive from Porto to the Algarve over the speed limit, this one journey costs an extra tank of petrol.

Whether I like it or not, my subconscious influences my foot on the accelerator.

This means that the excessive price of fuel is probably doing more for the environment and for the reduction in speeding than all of the awareness campaigns.

There is no bad thing that is not accompanied by a good thing.

They tell me that the prohibition of smoking is also contributing to the reduction of traffic at night. Now, it is not so much fun to go out for a coffee and smoke.

This way, we all become homier, which isn’t so bad.

And above all, it is more economical, as we are saving on fuel and coffee!

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