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    03-29-2012, 09:42 AM
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Iride, I was just going to make a similar point. I may get 18-20mpg, but I have 4wd, don't get stuck in the snow...ever, clear must road hazards without scraping, can see ahead in traffic, and have more space inside.

Im starting to look for a new car, but it won't be any smaller than a Chevy Equinox and will still have 4wd or awd. It will get better gas mileage than my Jeep, though. I'm sad to do it, but at almost $700/month in gas, I can't have peace of mind driving my Jeep anymore.
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    03-29-2012, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
And your European countries are the size of our states, Because of the small close together areas there are decent public mass transit alternatives.
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.
     
    03-29-2012, 10:38 AM
  #43
Trained
Right with you on that FlyGap. I had a little Mazda 323 and it took me like $10 to fill up the tank. I maybe filled up twice a week if I was driving a ton?
     
    03-29-2012, 11:45 AM
  #44
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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.
     
    03-29-2012, 11:53 AM
  #45
Green Broke
Here's a good one, one of the places my husband teaches is Shell oil. He's not allowed to drive his motorcycle to work, they are not allowed in the compound. Mind you, it's a teaching facility, not a plant....how is that justified. So, 25 miles one way, costs us $15 a day for him to teach there.
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    03-29-2012, 11:55 AM
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Yearling
Supposed to be a nationwide strike on April 15...nobody is going to buy gas.
     
    03-30-2012, 02:15 AM
  #47
Trained
I do ride my horse. I gave my car to my daughter who recently turned 16....and just ride my horse to nowhere in particular!

I don't drive much, I see it as a icky chore akin to waiting in line to "get there". So, one day when my daughter had her permit she asked me if she could drive...I said, "no, honey, I need the practice", she said, "really?" ......kids!
     
    03-30-2012, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by cakemom    
Here's a good one, one of the places my husband teaches is Shell oil. He's not allowed to drive his motorcycle to work, they are not allowed in the compound. Mind you, it's a teaching facility, not a plant....how is that justified. So, 25 miles one way, costs us $15 a day for him to teach there.
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How odd....they should reimburse him the difference!
     
    03-30-2012, 06:39 PM
  #49
Green Broke
I agree. What if that's all we had?
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