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Large family simply won't fit in small cars.

Hi from North Carolina. We live on 2.14 acres, have three kids at home, two dogs, one guinea pig and a 10-week-old kitten.

In response to the question about gas prices, we have three vehicles: a 1994 Chevy van, 12 mpg; a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup, 17 mpg; and a 2002 Ford Explorer, 17 mpg. We are now car pooling as much as possible, driving less, taking shorter trips and combining stops together. We did drive to Walt Disney World for Easter break/ vacation in April, but rode a shuttle bus to the Disney Parks everyday.

We have looked into 4-cylinder cars but our family does not fit in any so far. We have looked at and test-drove a Ford Escape Hybrid SUV--there was a tax break--but all of our vehicles are paid for now and we dread the thought of a car payment for four to five years. We even considered a conversion kit to change diesel truck to biofuel (old grease), at a cost of $1,000 to $2,000 per vehicle. So for now we will conserve, car pool, and take fewer trips until gas gets so high we ride tandem bikes or roller blades. Ha, ha.

I think in the future people will buy more cars that are fuel efficient for veggie oil or biodiesel, etc. Hopefully it will make people think about driving cheaper and keeping the environment cleaner.

P.S. Drive safer, slower and save.

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Title Annotation:Question of the month: Save money, save gas: how do you do it?
Author:Flynn, Michael T.
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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