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Cars, lessons, and long memory

Written by maryp posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

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There is no end in sight to the constant media reports about the cost of our gasoline here in the U.S.. It is a news story alright, but how is that helping the situation?

For anyone who remembers the oil embargo of the 1970’s, yes, gas is now expensive, but at least we are still getting it! There were cars lined up out into the streets, around the blocks, people waiting in line to fill up, due to the gasoline shortages! It was pretty weird for most of the people in our great country to experience this situation. Of course, some of you BMW and MINI owners weren’t even born yet, (or were little ones in the car seat), so that’s why we are mentioning it.

During those years in the mid ’70’s, there were automotive tech classes that were teaching guys, (sorry girls, but it was 99.9 % guys back in those days), how to grow corn in the back yard, covert it into alcohol for engine fuel, and do a conversion of sorts on the car. Obviously, that trend didn’t catch on here.

About that time, in 1977, the cars that were imported into the U.S., were getting about 28.2 miles per gallon. The domestic vehicles were getting 18.8. Well, you know the rest of the story. Here we are 30 years later and what hasn’t changed, is that preventative maintenance will help you get the most for your gasoline dollar.

Yes, preventative and routine maintenance…..we know, it’s boring, and it does not get everyone all riled up and pumped up, (pun intended). But, it can save you some $$$ at the pump!

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