A New Road To Transportation Essay

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The United States goes through about 19,600,000 barrels of oil a day, and a barrel of oil is around a $100. In a day, just for oil, we spend $1.96 billion dollars worth of oil, and yes that was with a “b”. Gas is now up to $3.65 per gallon and is rising. I pay $120 for insurance for one month and I use 8 gallons of gas a week average. That means I spend almost $3,000 a year! I’m only sixteen and that is not even adding all the costs. I could add oil, tires, air filters, battery, and windshield wiper fluid. The list could continue on forever. A person who is auto dependent spends 25% of their income on their transportation (Boelte 2). This shows we need to cut our spending on transportation. On the news I saw that people were buying electric cars and cars that get 40mpg. What people need to do is find a transportation that is suitable for them. When a traveler is traveling a far distance, it gets really pricey. I could pay $600 for a round trip flight and be there in an hour or drive 600miles. In a car with 40mpg, that would only be only $146. More people would rather fly though because they will get there and back. What we really need is something cheap, suitable, and fast. Having bullet trains, car pools, and bike lanes will provide cheaper transportation.
People seem to be amazed when they see a high performance car roar down a street. Yes, it may seem like the car is amazing, but when the price comes at hand a driver wouldn’t want to pay for it. I paid $800 for my car because it was reposed. It’s a 1996 dodge neon with only 70,000 miles on it, and gets 32.9 mpg highway at 75mph. Not everyone can get a deal like that, but we need to make a way for transportation to be like the deal I got. A hybrid, electric car, and cars that get high mpg will cost more but drivers need to think about the long run. They’ll be using less gas or no gas at all. A smart car is a perfect solution, and they’re cheap. A smart car only costs $12,000 and gets 60mpg. Soon there will be a smart car that gets a 100mpg. A smart car is small light weight and can fit two people. This would be a car for a single person or a couple without kids. It has 8 cubic feet of space in the back, which is more than I expected. This would not be a family car even though it has a roll cage. A driver needs to think about what would be suitable for them. Most large families have SUVs. The only thing about SUV s’ is that they’re tanks, and they’re about as aerodynamic as a brick wall. The best mpg SUV s’ in 2011 for price are the Ford Escape and the Mercury Mariner at 34mpg city and 31mpg highway. This is the hybrid version of both and they cost around $30,000. A hybrid is a vehicle that has a gas and electric motor all in one. It uses both in different situations. At idle the motor will use electricity and at low speeds. The only bad thing about electric cars is that a driver can’t go very far in one. The max mileage a driver can go is 138 miles in a Nissan leaf. Also if a driver is hot...

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