Here’s a new one from today’s NY Times that has me completely dumbfounded.
People concerned about the high price of gasoline are keeping their big cars and SUVs and adding a third small car like a Prius or a Yaris or a Civic so that they can save money on gasoline.
Pierre Tremblay, 67, of Howell, Mich., bought a Toyota Prius this month because driving his Dodge Ram pickup 40 miles round-trip to work was costing so much. So far the Prius is getting 55 miles per gallon, compared with 13 for the truck.
â€œI can go to work now, back and forth, on less than a gallon,â€ said Mr. Tremblay, a maintenance manager for a cement company. â€œBefore it was at least three.â€
With regular unleaded gas averaging $3.53 a gallon in Michigan this week, according to AAA, that is a savings of over $8 every workday.
But Mr. Tremblay was not ready to get rid of his pickup, which he uses to haul a camping trailer.
Americans have spent $20 billion more on gasoline so far this year compared with 2006, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office. That works out to about $146 a person, a fraction of what a new car costs.
What’s next? Buying a smaller vacation house to “save” electricity costs from living in your main house?