So, I got a new car. I'm still getting used to it. I've driven an SUV for more than 15 years, and now I'm in a super low, super sporty hybrid hatchback. I wouldn't say that the car is very "me," but I don't really care when I think about the money I am saving on fuel, the guilt I no longer feel about driving a big-ass car around that gets only 16 miles to the gallon of a substance that is finite and the cause of many of the world's woes, and the fact that I have to go to the dreaded gas station half as often.
I used to fill up weekly for about $45 - $50 each time. Not anymore.
I've turned into quite the eco-driving nerd and am now tracking my mileage and fuel usage. I know, this is boring, but like I said, I'm a dork now, so I'm taking you with me. My average miles per/gallon goes up and down a bit, but is at 45.2 right now, and log results are below:
First fill up at 416 miles
Tuesday 12/20/16 4:30
Next fill up at 847 miles
Wednesday 1/11/17 at 5:45
Next at 1280 miles
Friday 1/27 at 9:15 am
Next: 1744 miles
Just this week, on 2/14 at 7:30 am
Yes, so this means 4 fill-ups in 9.5 weeks for a total of $115.88
Compare that to my prior 9 fill ups for $450 - $505 -- that's crazy, no? That's $289.12 - $334.12 less spent in just 9 weeks. And less dependence on gas/oil.
Why didn't I do this sooner??