I often work shows at the Anaheim Convention Center which according to Google Maps is exactly 36.4 miles and should take 45 minutes (straight down the 5 freeway). Round trip equates to 72.8 miles and 90 minutes. In actuality it can take me anywhere from 40 minutes to as much as 2 hours one way, either coming or going.
72.8 miles in my 2001 Honda Accord uses almost 3 gallons of gas as is, add in the excessive idle time and we are looking at more like 4. I have a 15 gallon tank on the Honda so I get 3.5 round trips to Anaheim per tank. I tried stretching it that last trip back home one night, but couldn’t risk it as traffic came to a stand still once again halfway home. With gas prices the way they are right now, I am paying $4.35 per gallon on average, which means I am paying $17 a day to go to work. Considering I make approximately $12 an hour (each show varies but $12 is the average), I work an hour and a half each day just to pay for my gas.
My next show in Anaheim is this week and a 2012 Ford Focus has been delivered to my house so I can compare the commute with my 2001 Honda Accord (and other cars as time goes on).
I will let you know the results next week!