Pain at the Pump

My husband paid $2.65 a gallon for gasoline today. Ouch. And it’s apparently hit $3.00 in San Diego where we are going for vacation in a few weeks. Double ouch. Now admittedly, my husband usually puts the “good stuff” in his tank, but if the “good stuff” is $2.65, then the cheaper stuff is probably around $2.45. According the Republic, this weekend Valley drivers will spend more than they ever have to fill their tanks. But in a city that depends on cars for transportation rather than a strong public transit system, what choice do you have? A year ago, gas was $1.90 a gallon. Did any of us imagine that in a year we would wish for those prices back?

Since I’m staying home with the baby right now, I’m not driving very much, and if I do drive, it’s not very far. I don’t even want to think about what our finances would look like if I was driving the (almost) 200 miles a week back and forth to work I was driving just over a year ago.

We are going to drive on our vacation because we don’t want to deal with flying with a little one and renting a car when we get there, but other than that, we’re not doing a lot of extra travelling if we can help it. What about you? Have you cut down on your driving due to the cost of filling up that tank? Or have you resigned yourself to the fact that it’s not going to change anytime soon?

2 Comments so far

  1. demooderew (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 11:44 pm

    In a recent Yahoo! news article, several car manfacturer spokespeople said there is no reason to use “Premium” gasonline, other than for horsepower and performance reasons. All modern cars (since about 1995) have computers which adjust the engine based on how the engine is currently running. Using 87 in a car spec’d for 91 won’t do any damage, the engine may just produce less horsepower, which, if you’re trying to save gas and money anyway, you shouldn’t be getting on the pedal that hard to begin with. Just an FYI. The $0.20 more for premium is really a waste. I’ve always used regular 87 from Costco in all my vehicles, including two that ask for 91. Never had any problems.

  2. Karin (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 11:50 pm

    The truck’s an ’88 and he definitely has noticed a difference between the regular and the premium. He carries band equipment around all the time so the truck works pretty hard. No way he’d spend those two extra dimes if there wasn’t a really good reason!

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