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Old 11-13-17, 06:50 AM   #1
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How Many Miles Do You Drive?

I bought a new Forester at the beginning of July of 2016. Yes. 2016. Just went over 4,000 miles on Saturday. I am not a driving fool.
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Old 11-13-17, 07:16 AM   #2
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I bought a new Forester at the beginning of July of 2016. Yes. 2016. Just went over 4,000 miles on Saturday. I am not a driving fool.
I wish.

My commute is 46-50 RT and I;ve been doing that since '81

My '17 Outback, new on 12/30/16, now has 14,800 'ish. That's just under my yearly avg. It's the 8th car I've owned, totalling just over 802,000 miles driven since winter of 1975 and that's actual recorded mileage of the odometers.
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Old 11-13-17, 07:38 AM   #3
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I put maybe 1000-1200 miles per year on my 1994 Plymouth Acclaim... I ride over twice that...
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My current vehicle was purchased in March of 2005, it has still not hit 85,000 on the odometer-- so I've averaged about 18 miles a day. According to Veloviewer, my average bike ride is 35.5 miles.

Averages are misleading, I think. I have bought gas only 5 times this year-- so I am under 1,500 miles driven for 2017. Last year was around 2,000. I drive to get groceries and supplies, so the car only gets used 3-4 times a week for drives of less than 10 miles. My wife makes up for it-- like Steve B, she has a 56-mile round-trip commute five days a week. Comes out a bit over 1,000 miles a month.
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I hate driving and fortunately I'm close to work. I've got a '03 Element with 93,000 miles. At this rate it is going to take forever to reach 100,000 miles.
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Old 11-13-17, 10:08 AM   #6
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My 2006 Civic has just over 226K miles on the odometer. I'm hoping to get at least another 100K miles out of it.

I've got a daily, round trip commute of about 78 miles. Tack on an additional 40-ish miles for evening and weekend running around, and that brings me to roughly 430 miles driven per week.

Also, just as an aside, I tend to drive pretty conservatively, and typically manage to get 38 to 40 mpg.
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Old 11-13-17, 10:43 AM   #7
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I drive about 6,000 miles/year now, and have for the last 10 years or so.
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Old 11-13-17, 12:07 PM   #8
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I have driven about 50K in the last 6 years. I have done no less than 4 round trips to Maine at about 5K each, and at least as many, if not a few more 1000 mile round trips to Tampa and back. Day to day I likely drive less than 100 miles in a week, and that has a lot to do with whether I go play paintball at the local field or not. On the "average" week that I don't, perhaps 20 miles on the high side. I drive so infrequently that I won't fill my truck up so the gas doesn't go bad. The only place I have to go, the grocery, is a 6 mile round trip, twice a week.

In response to that, we have been looking at an all Electric car, but will depend on awaiting factors outside my control at the moment.
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Old 11-13-17, 12:41 PM   #9
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About 40,000 miles a year. Gotta drive for work and getting the kid to school every day (those amount to 12,000 a year). Add in kayaking, camping, and mountain biking trips and it adds up way quick. Last weekend I had almost 450 miles.

Drove for a living as a courier in my earlier days. I don't really keep track any more, but I think I should be somewhere near my 3,000,000 mile mark for my lifetime.

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Old 11-13-17, 12:58 PM   #10
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About 3500 miles/yr - and two to three times that on my bikes.
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Old 11-13-17, 02:27 PM   #11
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I take the Bus.
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I have a '14 Mazda 5 that we bought in July, 2014. Just turned 25,000 on the odometer.
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Old 11-13-17, 04:19 PM   #13
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bought a new corrolla this march have about 9,000 on it. bought a used odyssey about 6 weeks before that and have put about 12,000 miles on it already.
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Old 11-13-17, 06:53 PM   #14
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"my" car was at 138124 when we moved and I started bike commuting, which was the first workday of 2013. Since then I've managed to put fewer miles on that car annually than I put on my cyclocomputer; 2062, 861, 2102, 1714mi on the car vs ?,2620, 2132, 2686 on the bike.

This year the car might get more than the bike, because our oldest got licensed, and it's getting driven more.

The other car, the family minivan, gets driven something like 15Kmi per year.
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Old 11-13-17, 06:55 PM   #15
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I bought a new Forester at the beginning of July of 2016. Yes. 2016. Just went over 4,000 miles on Saturday. I am not a driving fool.
Just a buyin' fool -- why would you pay all that money for a brand new car if you only need a couple thou miles/year? Any beater with 150Kmi for $2000 off CL can do that for you! (and much less insurance)
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Old 11-13-17, 10:33 PM   #16
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My last vehicle, a compact truck, had less than 50k miles after 10 years. Even living in a rural area I didn't drive much, and I tried to consolidate errands to get shopping, etc., done in one or two trips a month.

I gave that truck to a family member who lived in a rural area and had no access to transportation. I've since moved to the city so I ride my bike, walk and take the bus. Maybe once or twice a year I wish I had a vehicle. Most of the time I'm glad to be free of the expense of liability insurance, etc.
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Old 11-14-17, 02:52 AM   #17
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I put maybe 900-1100 miles per year
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Old 11-14-17, 05:59 AM   #18
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We live in a semi-rural area (one can hear cows when in the yard) and we participate (thankfully) in the regular shuttle of 4 grandkids to their functions. With that background, my wife's vehicle may roll 15k or more a year...my pickup has rolled <6k a year the last how many years (funny enough, the last two sets of tires rotted before the tread was half used). We recently added a little sporty beater because I wanted something to tinker with (one project never enough)...it will suck up some of the odd errand and goof-off mileage from the other two.
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Old 11-14-17, 06:39 AM   #19
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I actually think I drove three times last year ... two might have been about 17 or 18 km and one was probably about 3 or 4 km. Big year for me!!

I don't think I've driven at all this year ... unless that 3 or 4 km drive was really early this year ...
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<8k/yr on personal rig; I bike commute year-round. But I do drive a company rig when I get to the office, and it could be another 15k behind the wheel there.
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Old 11-14-17, 08:29 PM   #21
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I find it remarkable how so many folks just don’t drive. Even just a little.

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The key is to carefully plan (or get lucky) so that your home, work, shopping, school, church, etc are all close to each other.

This is the problem; urban planning in the states has gotten us to a point where residential areas are so separated from commercial areas that the average commute is like 25min driving each way. If everybody lived within 5min driving of their work/school/shopping, then (a) most everybody would be able to bike most places, and (b) it wouldn't be a problem if everybody drove a Hummer anyways, because the total mileage would be so much lower.

I don't know if it's possible for the US to get there from here.
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I would be quite content if I never drove again. I put on something north of four million miles over a career spanning over 40 years. Have not used my CDL in two years, and likely never will, although it's valid until my 68th birthday in 2021.
Still need a car, but I don't drive it any more than I need to.
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Eye Surgery yesterday, follow up today 4x 2 hours each way but I was a passenger.. eye surgery you know.. VA MC PDX, 'Pill Hill"..

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A few years back I made a personal goal to only ever buy one more car in my life (both cars had well over 100Kmi on them at the time). I don't think I'm going to make it. Bought a replacement minivan, and I don't want THAT to be the car that I have to own for the rest of my life. After all the kids are out of the house, want to replace that with something smaller, much better mileage, but still good utility (i.e. hauling bikes around), and hopefully electric?
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