DANIEL NIEMANN, PAOLA CORONA, JADE LE DELEY and HAU DINH 

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- Around the world, drivers are looking at the numbers on the gas pump and rethinking their habits and finances.

Walking, biking, public transport, or going car-free are options for the lucky ones.

But for minibus operators in the Philippines or a graphic artist in California with clients to visit, it's not so simple.

Those without access to adequate public transportation or who otherwise can't forgo their car have little other choices than to grit their teeth and pay.

Energy prices fueled by Russia's war in Ukraine and the global rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic are a key driver of inflation that is rising worldwide.

Lagging output from producing nations is also driving prices higher.