# An Unpleasant Surprise:Your Annual Cost of Gas

By: Scott Siegel

Do you really know how much you spend on gas over a 12 month period? As the price of gas has grown so has your yearly gas cost. If you do figure it out you may very well be surprised and it won't be a pleasant surprise. Gasoline has become a major piece of your family budget. Do you really know how much you are spending for gas annually? Most drivers know much it costs to fill their car but not many can state with accuracy how much they spend per year.

It is easy to figure out and only takes a few minutes. That being the case one would think that most drivers would take the time to work the calculations and determine their annual expense. But most don't. If they did they might realize how important it is to their financial health to do something about it.

Almost every day, we see the increases to the price of gas. \$3.00, \$3.19, \$3.39 per gallon, even \$3.49 and \$3.59 per gallon are costs that we have seen this year. Not long ago \$3.00 for a gallon of fuel seemed high. Now \$3.00 looks like a bargain.

The American Automobile Association uses 15,000 miles as an average amount of miles traveled per vehicle when they calculate costs. If you on average travel 15,000 miles a year in a vehicle that runs at about 20 miles to the gallon, you will purchase around 750 gallons of gasoline per year. If the price is \$3.00 per gallon that equals \$2250.00 per year.

If you are part of a two vehicle household and both vehicles average 15,000 miles per year you will use 1500 gallons of fuel annually. 1500 gallons at a pump price of \$3.00 per gallon is an expense of \$4500.00 per year.

Of course if the price of gas is \$3.49 per gallon the numbers are much higher. If you are a single car household driving 15,000 miles per year you will have an expense of over \$2600.00 annually. If you are a two car household your yearly expense will be over \$5200.00 per year. That is equal to \$437.00 monthly. You could likely be spending more for gasoline than you spend on a monthly car payment.

Every time that the price of gas goes up at the fuel pump by 10 cents the total increase for your two car family will be \$150.00 per year. When you see the price jump 20 cents in one day, think annually. Realize that the 20 cent increase will cost you \$300.00.

When you consider the yearly cost of your gasoline it is staggering. When you consider that you may be spending \$5200.00 per year just for gas it could well be time to seriously look at ways to lower that cost. As you figure out the 20 cent increase at the pump today will really cost \$300.00 this year it becomes a great motivator to do something about it.

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Scott Siegel is the author of a 143 page book of automotive industry insider information on saving gas and dollars at the pump (beatthegaspump.com). Visit us to learn how you can get better gas mileage. Find out how to increase gas mileage.