Yesterday I filled up my van for the first time.
It had just over a quarter of a tank when I picked it up from the dealer and I drove it about 70 miles before it got down towards empty. Estimating another 10 miles before I had actually used a quarter of the tank, I reckon a full tank will take me somewhere around 360 miles.
But that’s just a guess. I reset the trip odometer after I filled up the tank so I can see how far I can actually go on a known quantity of fuel. For some reason the fuel efficiency of the van is not listed with the other specifications for the engine. I know it won’t be great, but I don’t have to do a lot of driving, and most of the drives I do need to do are short distances around town.
If I’m right about the 360 miles then, knowing I have a 75 litre (19.812 gallon) tank, my fuel consumption is about 18 miles to the gallon during city driving. That’s not too bad, considering the van has a 2.5 litre common rail diesel engine designed for hauling around a 1180 kilogram (2600 pound) load.
Now you may find yourself asking, “Who cares? Why is he so obsessed with this shit and why does he think I want to know about it?” Well, besides trying to distract myself from the tension I feel because Becky could go into labour at any moment now, there is another very good reason to be concerned with these figures…
I filled up my van today, or was it yesterday? For the first time. The cost?
That’s $130! That’s more than a barrel of oil! I might be economically forced to buy another car… a little fuel efficient one that I can use for everything but trips where I need to haul heavy goods.
What a world.