On Wednesday, the average price of petrol per litre in Hungary will increase by HUF 2, by which it is expected to reach a new record after last week’s historical peak. Besides crazy fuel prices, a crazy trend has also started on the Hungarian roads that can even cost human lives. Experts draw attention to the importance of driving in a responsible way.
After last Friday’s significant increase in the average price of petrol per litre (↑ 5 HUF) and diesel per litre (↑ 6 HUF), a new increase in fuel prices can be expected this week as well. According to the Hungarian news portal Portfolio,
the average price of 95 petrol per litre will increase by HUF 2, reaching the historical peak of HUF 456/litre.
The average price of diesel per litre remains unchanged at HUF 449 that is also very close to the historical peak of HUF 450.1 registered in 2012.
Domestic fuel prices are affected by several factors, including the world market price of crude oil, refinery margins, taxes and the exchange rate of the forint against the dollar. As Portfolio reports, several important changes have taken place in recent weeks. After lengthy negotiations, the oil powers have agreed that since August, production volumes can increase by 400,000 barrels a day every month, and the existing 5.8 million barrels constraint will terminate gradually until September 2022. Due to the spread of the delta virus variant spread, market participants were also concerned that coronavirus epidemic-related infection rates were on the rise again in several countries. This has led investors to take more defensive positions instead of riskier assets, which has also pushed oil prices down.
In addition to crazy fuel prices, a crazy trend has also started on the Hungarian roads that can even cost human lives.
Even though driving in slippers is strictly forbidden, many Hungarians decide to do so, risking their own lives and the lives of others.
Just like in the case of the Hungarian man who drove towards Konyár and suffered a severe accident with his family. As the Hungarian news portal Pénzcentrum reports, the accident happened at a road bend that led left and then to the right at a railway crossing, but the man’s slippers got stuck between the pedals, so he could not slow down enough. The car hewed down a railway light barrier and turned upside down with his wife and two children in the vehicle. All the family members were tied up; thanks to this, the accident ended with no serious injuries. After the incident, the man confessed the crime, and the prosecution requested a financial penalty against the man for negligent misconduct.
Even though the accident ended fortunately, probably several other drivers act similarly: after bathing, swimming, they just jump into the car without changing their slippers to shoes or simply do not want to pull on shoes to drive in the high heat. Although both are strictly forbidden and dangerous as the pedals are less controllable in slippers or barefoot, and the driver cannot react as quickly to potential emergencies as generally. According to studies, the most optimal is to wear sports shoes for driving, as they are comfortable and do not slip off the pedals. Experts suggest that even if you are not constantly in that kind of footwear, it is worth picking it up when you are driving.