Damian Dovarganes of the AP wrote this peice about the effect of gas prices on household budgets; it’s interesting how an piece like that spreads. Google shows it in over 400 news outlets from Fox to NPR.
I am not interested in the article, but this factoid: it says that American households spend on average $369 a month on gas. If we presume that gas cost 4$ a gallon then we are buying 92.25 gallons of gas a month. If we assume 20 miles to the gallon we are driving 1,845 miles a month. That’s around 61.5 miles a day. About an hour a day in the household’s cars. By the way, that hour is commuting to work.
I did a posting a few years ago about car costs. At the time time gas was 27% of the over all expense, and for example, depreciation was 25%. At that time gas was $2.90 a gallon.
The article quotes an expert saying that there isn’t much you can do to improve your milage. Gosh, I suspect that quote pissed off the expert; since he surely knows there is plenty you can do: air in the tires, combine trips, drive slowly and smoothly.
(fyi – the AP pretty far to the right)