Should we be driving gas swallowing SUV’s in an age of energy conservation?
When I drive past a gas station in Fairfield County, CT with gas prices over $4 and young mothers tooling around in Suburban’s, Expedition’s and Esplanade’s I cringe. It’s not that they can’t afford it but rather should they afford it? Hybrid’s are now mainstream being offered by all major car makers. Do the math, filling a standard Suburban with 31 gal fuel tank (some have 41 gal) using regular at $4.35 p/g in New Canaan costs $135.85. When divided by 14 miles/city it costs $9.63 per mile to take the kids to soccer practice not to mention picking Dad up at the station and driving to Book Club, yikes! (ps: the book club is worth it). You can buy cargo space and good mileage for less, my Toyota Prius Hybrid gets 48/52 miles as do other hybrids. Large SUV’s, not SUPER large, are getting 28/35 miles. CT is going solar to conserve fossil fuel, we should do the same with the internal combustion engine.
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