My Fueling Experiences
The other day, I had stopped at the gas station to fuel; an unpleasant frequent occurrence. Due to unforeseen circumstances that have occurred, I spend a great deal of time and hard earned money at the local fueling stations. I approached the counter to speak with the clerk and was asked a question, that normally, I am not afforded. It was a rather simple and easy question.
“Would you like regular, super or premium?”
I could not help but laugh at the buffoonery of the clerk. The clerk seemed to be appalled at my gesture towards him, which I took as a challenge to debate with him the differences in his fuel. He stated to me that there were different additives in the fuel and due to the cost of the additives, the cost of fuel was increased.
According to AAA, (http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp),
the difference in regular fuel and premium fuel is about $0.35.
Regular Mid Premium Diesel E85
Current Avg. $3.307 $3.488 $3.658 $3.940 $2.796
With this in mind, I will give you an algorithm to help bring this to reality. With an average fuel consumption of approximately 370 gallons per car, per year, the savings are tremendous. I know, you are thinking, this is only $130 a year; however, I will break this down for you as well.
Texas Institute of Transportation at Texas A & M Research
There are approximately 196,165,666 licensed drivers in the US. This does not include those people driving around with no license, revoked, or suspended licenses. You can find out more information here: www.statemaster.com.
When we consider the amount of unlicensed drivers, a number that is truly unknown, we will refer to a study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A & M. The report was based upon accidents, but we will use this “guess” to apply to our purpose. Their report states: “Among the drivers, 13.8 percent, or 38,374, had a license that was suspended, revoked, expired, canceled or denied; had no license at all; or, in some cases, were a mystery because they were hit-and-run drivers, or law enforcement officers could not determine their license status for other reasons.”
The population of the United States is 313.9 million.
The Numbers Matter
When applying our “guess” of unlicensed drivers to the number of known licensed drivers, there are 239,483,366 drivers in the United States. With the $130 savings a year and the number of drivers of the United States, we waste $31,132,837,580; more than half the net worth of Bill Gates. What would this money do if it were spent it the United States as opposed to wasting $0.35 per gallon? I do believe that it would increase the amount of jobs, increase tax digest, increase property, etc. It would basically create a more stable economy, give US Citizens more money to spend.
Moral of the Story
Now that I have baffled you with numbers and my infinite wisdom, I leave you with just two simple questions to ask yourself, hopefully before you fuel your vehicle.
2. How many tanks are in the ground at your local fueling station?
a. All fueling stations have at least one tank,( insert Captain Obvious here) larger Fueling stations may one that is compartmentalized, some may even have two to three.
So with rational thought, provided you were able to determine the true number of tanks, this makes sense. Each fuel has their own tank. Which brings us to the most important matter at hand, a question that you may have never asked yourself.
1. HOW MANY DIFFERENT TRUCKS COME TO YOUR LOCAL FUELING STATION?
Please think about this the next time that you stop at a fueling station and do your part to help the United States become the economic powerhouse again. Only you can make the difference, Only we can help!