I was a quart low. Actually my car was a quart low. My dad taught me to check the oil every time I drove a vehicle. Well, I have to admit that I quit doing that many years ago, but rediscovered its value this year when my car started to use oil. My ‘motorhead’ brother advised me that if I was adding a quart every 2000 miles then I needed to be thinking about another vehicle. With nearly 200,000 miles on my buggy, the mechanic said it was going to need some expensive repairs to keep it safe and operational. Fiddlesticks! I wanted it to last forever!
When I wrote about my next car a year ago, I said “I want a vehicle that runs on air, has solar powered paint to play my music, bicycle pedals for in-town driving and a trunk big enough for a bale of straw.”
Well, that vehicle doesn’t yet exist so I had to pick from what’s available, and what matched my resources. My new list of criteria included:
- at least 30 MPG,
- trunk space for all my teaching materials,
- room for a child car seat (I’m a new Grandma BTW),
- seating for 4 adults – so my family could actually take ONE car to go places instead of 2 or 3.
I had to forgo the trunk space for a bale of straw because we already have a pickup. I just have to plan ahead now. 😉
I chose a hybrid vehicle. NOT the plug-in kind because I travel too much to places that don’t have that infrastructure. I KNOW the resources that go into making these batteries and how long they last. But this one is supposed to last 10 years. I hope the technology to recycle it exists by then. It’s not the perfect ecological ride, but it’s the best I could get now.
Here are my latest stats:
- 577 miles on my first tank of gas.
- 69 mpg on my last trip through town.
- 42 mpg on my last highway road trip.
- a couple of adventures with 4 adults and a baby!
I’m happy to say that this vehicle will pay for itself quickly even though gas prices are lower right now. I’m also happy to say that my travel emissions will be down nearly 50% over the lifetime of my car.
P.S. I got a moon roof too! I can still bird watch on my way to work!