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So how much do you drive your car?

How many miles do you put on your car in a week?

  • 0 - Proud to be smog inducing automobile free

    Votes: 2 7.1%
  • <100 - She gets me to work and the grocery store

    Votes: 7 25.0%
  • 100 - 250 - I'm getting my oil changed 4 times a year at 3,000 miles

    Votes: 10 35.7%
  • 250+ The attendant at my Sunoco knows my name and how I like my coffee.

    Votes: 9 32.1%

  • Total voters
    28

Doitnow

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I used to drive about 30 miles every day to and fro but since last year or so from the time I started working from home theres no fixed routine.
But sometimes for site visits and for scouting for land and also for inspections( underatken jointly with some government planners :p ) i do about 50-70 miles ina single day. Such trips jack up my weekly average. for me its not mpg's but kpl's
 

Suburb Repairman

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I'm doing about 250-300 miles a week between work and school. Bleh, it sucks! Once the future Mrs. locates a more permanent job and we get some down payment together, we can relocate to something more convenient. I'd like to get my drive down below 100 miles per week, but I'm not sure that is possible without her ending up with an unpleasant commute.
 

Jaxspra

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Its not my work commute where I put the miles on...its driving to my friends on the weekends, driving to my parents a few times each week, going home for lunch...and just driving around. I like to drive and sometimes at lunch it is the one hour of the day when someone doesnt need me to do anything, I like to get in the car, turn the radio on and drive around...nope its not productive, pollutes, wastes time but it is something I like to do...
and living in the suburbs and spending lots of time in the City, I put a tone of miles on my car weekly...
 

Big Owl

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I have a .4 mile commute to work but a 3 mile detour to the Daycare. Doesn't sound too bad but then add a twice a week 120 mile round trip commute to school and 20 miles to church. I am a 275-300 miles a week on my poor truck which has been known to attack other commuters and my insurance agent can atest to it.
 

zman

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I have an 8 mile RT commute by car, but 12 mile RT by bike. Man I need a new chain for my bike.... :-@
 

boiker

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I have a 4 mile round trip commute that I make twice a day. I go home for lunch to be with the kiddo's and wifey.

On weekends, I can put between 10-30 miles on the car driving around town for various home improvement things, grocercies, or the 5 yr olds weekend soccer matches.
 

clare2582

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Its about 2 miles round trip to the office, and I could last about a month on a tank..but I wind up either heading to my hometown on the weekend (which seems like its uphill both ways and SUCKS gas out of my little Focus, although its only 30ish miles), or somwhere else. I did manage, however, to get about 390 miles out of this tank so far, and the fuel light just went on this morning.. so thats on about 11 gallons, maybe? Who knows... but I'm not complaining.
Other than to and from work I just head to the grocery store, so thats maybe a five mile round trip for me. Everything is pretty close, I can't complain :) I could probably walk to work (its just hilly in this town...) but I wouldn't walk to the grocery store... not with heavy bags. Maybe with a backpack. Or a mule.
 

Salmissra

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It's less 5 miles roundtrip from the house to the park & ride! I let Metro do the driving - 25+ miles one way. The city pays for my bus pass, so I take full advantage of it. :-D

Add church, grocery store, and other errands, and I fill up maybe once every three weeks. I love it! :-D
 

BKM

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Jaxspra said:
Its not my work commute where I put the miles on...its driving to my friends on the weekends, driving to my parents a few times each week, going home for lunch...and just driving around. I like to drive and sometimes at lunch it is the one hour of the day when someone doesnt need me to do anything, I like to get in the car, turn the radio on and drive around...nope its not productive, pollutes, wastes time but it is something I like to do...
and living in the suburbs and spending lots of time in the City, I put a tone of miles on my car weekly...

Dittos. As I noted up thread, my commute is only about 8 miles door to door. It's driving to Napa County to do a recreational bike ride, it's the drive to San Frnacisco just to hang out, it's the visits to various dog parks. I am, sadly, a "citizen" of a region, not only a small, rather sleepy exurban town.

I expect my lifestyle will come crashing to an end soon. :(
 

biscuit

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You’ll have to ask my wife. Since we are now a one car household and I take the Loser Cruiser (tm RT) pretty much everywhere during the workweek, I haven’t the slightest idea how much the car is driven. Granted, not haven ever taken public transportation on a regular basis, and commuting 20 miles to grad school and back twice a week, I’m guessing that she puts more than 100 miles + a week on the old Happy Honda.
 
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noottamevas

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Used to go 40 miles each way. I figured 40 minute commute was about what I would have to deal with in a big city so it didn't bother me. Then gas prices got the best of me so now I'm down to 10 miles. Now that gas has spiked again, I'm looking awful hard that bicycle hanging in the garage.
 

MitchBaby

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Yeah, with my job and where I live, its about 500 KM/week, or about 300 miles... at least I'm going against traffic and not with it, so my commute is only 1/2 hour each way...
 

Tranplanner

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Updating my previous reply...

Still have the '96 Escort. Only gets driven once a week now - I make sure to combine trips to get full use out of it. We now walk to the grocery store and/or make several small trips during the week to pick stuff up on the way home from work. Hoping to get rid of the car sometime.
 

noj

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Unfortunately I do loads of miles - my commute is over 30 miles each way so I do approx. 300 miles a week, before any personal use. Fill up about every 600 miles as my little Peugeot 206 diesel does 50 to the gallon. :)
 

jsk1983

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Don't have a car, so I'm "smog free", but if I did I'm sure it would be under 100 miles as I live and work on campus. Nothing here is that close but then again noting is that far either.
 

PlannerByDay

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Generally speaking under 100 miles. I work 1.75 miles from home and ride my bike on occasion.

The kicker is when I have a meeting with a client. Sometimes I can drive as much as 150 miles one way for a meeting. UGG
 

The One

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well.....

When in Colorado, Mrs. The One and I used to put about 500 miles a week on each vehicle.....now its only about 120 to 150 a week each......I DONT MISS THE extra miles :-D The shorter driving distance has been like a vacation, but I've traded distance for congestion......ARRGGGHH :-c Takes about the same time to drive 16 miles here as it did to drive 60 miles there in good weather...... :-{ :-@ :-c :cool:
 

pandersen

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Me, I drive about 5 miles a day. In the winter I use a gas guzzling Ford Explorer 5.0 Litre V8 AWD - great for the snow. During the warmer weather, the Explorer gets parked and I use a 1984 BMW 318i (1.8 litre gasoline engine) that I inherited from my dad. A great little car that's got 320,000kms on the odometer and still gets 45 mpg on the highway. It's worth nothing as a used car, is still very reliable and is paid for so I hang on to it as it's relatively inexpensive to drive/repair.
 

mendelman

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Still driving about 30 miles one-way to work. But, unfortunely, since we moved to a inner-ring streetcar suburb from the dense inner-city, our regular (not including vacations) non-commute car use has gone up from nothing to about 5 miles per week.

Still only have one car though. :-D
 

geobandito

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We've been a car-free household for two weeks now and will be for another two months or so until we find a way to get Granny's Sentra from Florida to Colorado. So far, okay. I'm about 4 miles from work and the significant other takes the light rail to school. So now I'm either busing or biking to work. Both usually work out okay, except my bus has a tendency to arrive early at my stop in the morning. It's a tad frustrating to be two blocks away and watch it roll by and know you have to wait another 20 minutes.

We never drove that much anyway, but there have definitely been times when it would have made life a lot easier to be able to jump in a car. You certainly become less spontaneous and you have to plan ahead.
 

Gedunker

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Still 0.8 mile commute to work for me. Mrs. G's new job is a 5.5 mile commute. Of course, since the wreck totaled both vehicles, we are using company vehicles for the time being. We'll be looking for one decent and reliable car for a replacement, and one beater car for the second vehicle. If the insurance company gets their act in gear. :-@
 
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With the twins coming, work is letting me and Mr. Downtown work flex hours, so instead of 5 seven hour days, we'll each work 4 nine hour days - so we'll now be driving two cars to work, 3 days a week. And we traded the Accord for the Odessey. I was delusional thinking I'd actually fit three carseats in the Accord.

Fortunately, though, our sitter will be coming to our house in the mornings, so we won't have to go the extra mile out of our way to her house, every day. And we'll be working through lunch, so we'll cut out a whole trip there. so actually, we're coming out about even.
 
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