It is indeed possible that fuel prices will fluctuate in the US, and not continue to rise as they typically have done elsewhere. However, much of the rest of the world has already experienced the trend towards increasing fuel costs. One of the reasons hybrids and other fuel-efficient transport solutions are far more commonplace around Europe, for example, than here.HA, fuel prices. I purchased my hybrid in 2012 when I thought gas prices would be $5/gal by now . Prices back then were around the same as today. They went up, peaked then fracking began and fuel prices came down, now on the way up but it is a crap shoot. We all say they are going up but they just keep bouncing back and forth. The key to breaking even in a hybrid is to put a lot of miles on it.
But, personally, I wouldn't bet against rising fuel prices, even if only in so far as each cycle in a pattern of fluctuating cost is likely to see a higher peak than the last. There's simply too much profit to be gained by oil companies, squeezing the growing fleet of less efficient vehicles here.
Who knows. But either way I would personally much rather put 10 gallons in my tank every 5-6 weeks at any price, than feed the more frequent and voracious needs of a more typical vehicle on the road today.