For all of us who are beding over and taking it at the pump these days, there's no doubt we've all considered getting a little Geo Metro to daily drive and save on gas. I know in my area (Colorado Springs CO) the sale of 50-150cc scooters alone has gone through the roof! I know we're all grown here (some only by age
) so no one needs to tell us what we already know, but here's some math to reassure you that driving your PSD at $4+ a gallon isn't the end of the world.
I use these numbers all the time to show people I know that I big truck is still worth it, especially with the deals you can find on them right now.
My constants for this math are:
15,000 miles a year driving.
Gas cost figured at $3.85/gal
Diesel cost figured at $4.50/gal
On a 30MPG(average) clown car it takes 500 gallons a year.
500 gals X $3.85 =$1925 yearly fuel cost (if you never drive your truck again)
On a 16MPG(average) PSD truck it takes 937.5 gallons a year.
937.5 gals X $4.50 =$4218.75 yearly fuel cost (to drive your truck daily)
Difference is $2293.75 a year which comes out to a $191 more a month to drive your PSD everyday. That's only $6 a day more!
There's no way at $2200 a year you can justify the costs of an additional vehicle, additional insurance, additional maintenance, etc.....for $6 a day!