Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Fuel: $8.43 per Gallon!

Before you start panic buying, let's just calm down a minute: That's the price that I paid here in the UK last week. So, relax.

But let's just analyse this.

My car's a Ford Fiesta, 1.4 TDCi. Yup, it's a diesel, and yup, it's really economical. But, I put in £20.00 on Saturday - that's the $39.64, which equates to 17.87 litres, or 4.7 gallons. Or $8.43 per Gallon. Which, might I add, is only half a tank.

Now, I spend approximately £20.00 per week on fuel - which means that during the month of April, I will be putting approximately £100.00 (roughly $200.00), and 89.35 litres of fuel, or 23.5 gallons, into the tank of my car. Which is a phenonmenal amount.

When I first started driving, fuel cost approximatly 69.9 pence per litre. Now it averages at around 105.9 pence per litre. That's a massive jump in seven years. My first car (1.1 Ford Fiesta with a petrol engine) would cost me around £32.00 to fill the tank. The last time I filled the tank, I paid £49.00.

So what's the moral of this tale?

Not sure really.

I guess it's that I pay far too much for my fuel.

I guess it's that those in the States that say that they have high fuel prices don't really know what high fuel prices are.

I guess I'm just having a rant.

Maybe I need a hybrid...

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