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Petrol prices

I am used to seeing my USian LJFriends bemoaning $4 / gallon petrol prices and had not bought petrol myself for a while but was surprised to find that petrol is MUCH more expensive over this side of the pond! We are spending up to £1.40 per LITRE! Now, using very rough approximations, there are about $2 per £1 and four litres to a gallon. I know, very rough. Please do let me know if these rough conversions are wildly off. Anyway, using these rough conversions, we are paying £1.40 x 4 x 2 = more than $10 per gallon!!!

ETA: TBH our living and traveling needs are not relevant to the price we are charged for petrol. My reason for this post was not to whine that we are charged more but merely to state the fact that, for whatever reason, we are - whether we have further to drive than you guys or less far to drive.

Just my opinion mind.



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Oct. 5th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oct. 6th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
erm it's about 700km for my ex to visit his parents or for me to visit him and that's nowhere near the full length of the UK; as Nat says, the point is that gas in the US is cheaper than anywhere I know of except Russia. the price is set for tax income, not to facilitate journeys. on the gripping hand, UK cars typically have much higher MPG than US cars - 35-40mpg is common (our almost sports car does 38). A Hummer, I believe, does 8.
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Oct. 6th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
oh we use miles; we took them from the romans, standardised them exported them all across the world until that pesky Bonapart came up with his kilometres and I looked up the conversion to make it easier to compare. I spend 3/4 months a year in the US and I strive to be bilingual and bicultural - I never walk on the pavement in the US ;-)

I should have noted that MPG are *also* different in the US, because of gallons... something that never comes up when US Today does an MPG feature, which seemed to be every other day last time I got a hotel paper


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