June 15th, 2008

Fuel Tops $5.00 per Gallon in California

“Holy ****, you’ve got to be kidding me…”, was this editor’s reaction when confronted with the $5.09 per gallon price of regular gasoline in California today. Gas prices in the Golden State have climbed from $4.29 to over $5.00 per gallon in the last two weeks — and fuel costs are expected to continue to rise throughout the summer.

Gas Prices Impact Shooting Matches
At many West Coast gun clubs, match attendance is down in recent months, primarily as a results of high gas prices. Now more than ever, it makes sense to car-pool with one or two other shooters when going to a match. Sharing with just one other shooter cuts your gas outlay in half.

Downsizing Your Wheels — Cost/Benefit Analysis
Most of the shooters we know drive trucks to the range — big, gaz-guzzling trucks. With the price of gas topping $5.00, it may be time to consider a shift to a more economical vehicle–at least for daily commuting and longer drives. Below is a chart showing the annual cost of gasoline, based on different fuel economy ratings (MPG). If you drive 15,000 miles a year, a 30-MPG vehicle will save you $2857.00 annually compared to a 14-MPG vehicle. Compound that savings for three or four years, and you’ve recouped much of the cost of a used econobox.

Annual Fuel Cost at $5.00 per Gallon
Based on Vehicle Miles Per Gallon
30 MPG 26 MPG 22 MPG 18 MPG 14 MPG
10,000 $1667 $1923 $2273 $2778 $3571
12,000 $2000 $2308 $2727 $3333 $4286
15,000 $2500 $2885 $3409 $4167 $5357

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