I got a call from my mom last night telling me to head to the gas station to fill up my car. Why? Because the United States had been hit with a ransomware attack and a hacking group was holding access to the Colonial Pipeline hostage until they receive a payment from the government.
According to the hacking group, their goal is to get money from this attack, not disrupt society. However, they underestimated just how involved gas is in our nation and in the eastern United States.
Our economy largely depends on gas for the transportation of goods to stores. Goods like groceries, medication, and clothing, not to mention our precious Amazon packages. This cyberattack certainly has and will disrupt our society, as the Colonial Pipeline fuels much of the eastern U.S.
But what can we do to make our gas last? Let me offer up a few tips in today's short blog post.
If people continue to hoard the gas, it is very possible that limits and restrictions will be placed on how much gas each person can use.
5. Cut down on car idling time: I don't know about you, but sometimes I tend to let my car idle while I'm listening to the rest of an awesome song, on the phone with my mom after a long day of work, or when I'm eating my lunch in my car. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Idling uses up to half a gallon of fuel per hour! Idling even for a few minutes can cost a pretty penny down the line!