Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie
You're generalising a little. True, the UK is smaller than the US. Not True that there are always decent public mass transit alternatives.
I live in a small village in the middle of Shropshire. My approximate travelling distances are:-
Village with Fuel station and not much else - 8 miles
Small town with Dentist and small grocery shops - 8 miles
Town with supermarket - 12 miles
City with Department Stores - 25 miles
The public transport that serves my village is a bus that comes twice a week.
Yes, it is my choice to live here.
I wasn't asking for sympathy in my original post, I was merely joining in sharing fuel prices.
I live in VA a fairly developed state, I am sure it is much different in western states,
Town with gas station 12 miles
Town with grocery, 35 miles
Bigger city, either 40 miles or a 20 minute ferry ride and about 20 miles. Either way bout 45 minutes. Quite a few of us in the US, especially with horses live in rural areas with hour plus commutes to work and shopping. Granted it's our own fault. We could all live in cities but it isnt really our way. The auto and cheap gas built a big part of our society and way of life. Times they are a changing.
I drove front wheel drive cars all over upstate NY , never had snow issues. Granted I never left paved roads. I also picture a car, as opposed to a truck or large SUV, when I hear the term car. My bad. But I see lots and lots of commuters driving by themselves with no cargo large heavy trucks, SUV's and large cars. Id be willing to bet those 22 mpg vehicles you mention spend most of thier miles without those 6 people, full of cargo or pulling a trailer. I only commute 8 miles and luckily work a 4 -11hr rotating shift so that cuts my expenses. But I still have a truck for farm work and a smaller fuel efficient single person passenger vehicle.
Point being over and over I see people with big heavy inefficient high horsepower vehicles using them as single passenger vehicles on paved roads. Then complain about gas prices.