HYPERMILING: Is Gas Still Expensive?August 5th, 2008 by Derek Sheppard
When I pulled up to the gas pump today, I imagined the person before me doing a mental sprint over their bank balance. Eight dollars to spare. (Maybe they just filled up a gas can for the lawnmower, but you never know.)
When I filled up, disappointment. I’d seen it coming. Only 32.6 mpg. Still better that the old days of 28. I think three things were at work here. 1.) More city driving brought the number down. (Don’t assume you’ll always get the same mpg. The mix of city/highway driving matters.) 2.) There was one day when I was in a hurry (Again, I know. You can scold me.) and I didn’t drive conservatively. 3.) I’m pretty sure my alignment is a tad off, I know my tires need to be rotated and I need an oil change. I’m hoping the oil change and tire rotation will help me out. (And that the tire rotation fixes the alignment issue so I don’t have to pay for a regular alignment.)
Oh, and the question? Yes, gas has dropped in price, but it’s still plenty expensive.