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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!


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  1. I can’t wait to hear how much gas you save using this new car. I wish I could downsize – just too many kids!
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  2. I drove a Ford Focus for 8 years and sold it in great condition. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  3. Tanialuviano

    How fun u jet to compare cara, i drive a rango Rover, imagine how much i spend!

  4. We have a Tahoe now and it is over $100 to fill it up. We need to get a new car soon. I don’t know what to do! I like big cars- I hate the gas! We also have a Camry Hybrid and after owning one, I hate hybrids. I am impossible to please.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think about the Ford Focus. If these gas prices go up any more that may be an option for us!
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  5. Keep us udated on the cars! I would like a car big enough to fit my 3 kids and the other 4 kids I carpool but is good on gas? Does it exist?
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  6. can’t wait we need to get a new car next year!
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  7. Nice! Can’t wait to read about how the car fares on gas mileage : )
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  8. looking forward to what you think next!
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  9. And my daughter keeps trying to tell me that math isn’t important because she’ll never use it outside of school. Ha! Fancy calculating there Adrienne. You are a word problem on the go!
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  10. Sounds like fun. We are in the market to purchase a new car. Let me know how it goes. Thanks!
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