Posted in Money, Showing My Age

Driving is Fun Again

OK, I’m probably showing my age here, but…

Is it just me or has the freefall in gas prices made driving fun again.

Yesterday I filled up for $1.46/gal. Just over two months ago I filled up—at the same station—for $4.86/gal.

That’s a 70% drop in two months.

At $4.86 driving was a constant stress. With 4 kids I never had enough money left over to fill the tank, so I was always checking mileage, riding with no air conditioning, keeping the speed around 50 even on the highway—hoping I had enough gas until I got paid on Friday.

But now with prices back to 2002 levels, driving isn’t nearly as stressful. I can afford to run errands again, instead of letting them bunch up and taking care of all of them at Wal-Mart (the closest business to my home).

My first real car (aside from the puke-green Pinto that lasted six weeks) was a diesel VW Rabbit. I used to fill that up for $10 and drive for a week and a half, and that was with my college and home across the city from each other. So the lower gas bills are giving driving a very nostalgic feel right now.

I know the economy is doing badly right now, and I really do feel for the people who are struggling—hell, I’m one of them. But this silver lining is awfully…silver.

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