SurveyDo you make an effort to save fuel by avoiding journeys or keeping them short?
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-05-06 at 07:58:31   (6 comments)

On 2009-05-06 at 20:58:34, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Someone I know is particularly bad for making lots of journeys compare shops, leaving me thinking that she's spent more money on petrol than she'll have saved by getting a slightly better product or price. She also drives around a car park looking for a space close to the store entrance, rather than simply parking in one of the many empty spaces further away and getting the extra exercise. Personally I always think about the fuel I'm using and feel bad about making unnecessary journeys even though I don't pay any attention to the cost. I do still make weekly trips to buy food from distant supermarkets rather than using the one around the corner (and rather than using a home delivery service), as well as driving to the local park and back regularly.
On 2009-05-07 at 12:03:40, Thelevellers wrote...
I have avoided getting a driving license, in part at least, because I know that once I can drive the temptation to get a car and use it a lot would be high. I often turn down the offer of a lift to the shops, as they are all within walking distance, admittedly the big sainsburys is 20-30 minutes away (depending on my mood!), but as the local shops (>5 min) have the majority of what I want for the same or cheaper, I only go there for things like cereal and toiletries... I also have decided that I prefer trains to cars as a method of transport, at least as a passenger... I can't read in cars, and I feel I have to stay awake, as it's unfair to sleep if you're the only passenger in a car. The only time I've been annoyed with trains recently was this weekend when rail works diverted me and took an extra hour or two (I'm not sure as I slept a lot and was lost in thoughts a lot), but I didn't mind too much as if I had looked at the ticket properly when buying I would've noticed the journey was longer than usual...
On 2009-05-07 at 19:39:26, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Trains and buses are really good if you can use them - you actually get extra exercise walking to and from them, which I'm certain helps you to stay away. And as you say you can relax and be chauffeured to your destination - in a car, you have the stress of driving it yourself and dealing with other traffic, etc. Cars are very expensive, because you don't just have the cost of the petrol. You also have to buy the car itself, and replace it once it becomes unreliable and has become worthless. You have annual insurance, tax, servicing and an MOT. In 2007, I spent £1,232.43 on my car... £519.04 on petrol, £362 on a service and my MOT, £250.50 on its insurance and £100 on the tax disc. Oh, and £949.26 on a gearbox repair - bringing the total to £2,181.69.
On 2009-05-08 at 01:47:32, BorgClown wrote...
I don't know. Near here there's no public transport, and I'm not eager to walk a kilometer under 40 Celsius. I park on the further spaces and walk, and consider the wasted effort and time when comparing, but I drive about 40km on my daily commute. I would drive only 20 if I didn't eat at home though.
On 2009-05-08 at 11:52:01, Thelevellers wrote...
@BorgClown: Heh, I have to say that my attitude to walking/biking everywhere might be different if it was ever close to that hot here! I Dislike hot countries A LOT, I would far rather colder weather than hot... @Lee: Thanks for putting me off cars even more! I knew they were expensive to run, but it still surprises me just HOW expensive... I do find it funny, with young drivers at least, how the insurance is often more than the car cost! My ex got her car for maybe £200, and the insurance I think is over £500! She is a new driver though (under a year) and under 25...
On 2009-05-09 at 06:41:58, BorgClown wrote...
Today was another HOT day. I just came from a friend gathering, we had an open grill (carne asada) and I might have swine flu because I did certainly sweat like a pig. Boy, A/C is a blessing =)