Originally Posted by winwin
What about recreational use ? ?
Some boats and aircraft can burn over 25 gallons AN HOUR ! ! !
I suppose it all depends on where you are on the economic scale.
To put it all in perspective, if you get 15 MPG and drive 15,000 miles per year, and the gas is $3.00 per gallon, then you will burn 1,000 gallons for a total yearly amount of $3,000.
Figure your cost of gas, MPG, miles per year and see how much you would pay for your gas.
I don't know how people live on just 15,000 miles a year. I put around 20,000 a year. I hoping this year it will go down as I work closer to home but still. Up until last month I was driving 20 miles to and from work for a total of 40 miles per day just getting back and forth to work which is around 10,400 miles a year alone. In addition to that, visiting relatives, and running errands. I hate to drive so I don't drive any more than I have to. It adds up quick.
Thankfully work has moved closer to home so now I'm putting on around 16 miles a day instead. I couldn't afford closer housing to work so I'm glad work moved instead.
Oh and I drive a mid-sized SUV a Buick Rendevous. It gets about 20 miles to the gallon. In comparission, my mother drives a Buick sedan of some kind and gets 30 miles to the gallon. I made a poor choice from a gas mile perspective when I bought my car. I probably really didn't need this size a car during the week but during the weekend I wind up lugging three-five people in addition to myself so it made more sense for me to go bigger in 2002. I lived closer to my friends and family at the time so it just wasn't during the weekend it was all the time.
I've though about trading it in but I'm too close to getting the thing paid off only two more years.
And then I refuse to buy another car for a couple of years. Cars are just too expensive to replace at the drop of the hat. Next car I get though will getting really good gas mileage. Now if I can just hang on for that time.