Gas prices are going up at an alarming rate. It's a regressive cost. The more wealthy you are the less of an effect it has on you.
I suppose people that live in places like Germany might not feel it as much since there's a lot of public transportation, but I live the US and I have to drive everywhere.
By the way, public transportation isn't always the solution. Studies show that in places like where I live, public transportation uses MORE fuel than personal vehicles, because population densities are low. It costs more in fuel to take 2 people somewhere in a huge buss than it does for each of them to drive a car. Pack 50 people in the bus all day, it makes sense, but I don't live in a densely populated city.