No savings from cheaper gas price

I suggest we support our local businesses. We’ll be saving time, money and the environment.

Dear Editor:

Re: High fuel prices at Summerland pumps, Nov. 13 Summerland Review.

The writer stated, “The gas price in Summerland on Nov. 3 was $1.269 a litre and in Penticton it was $1.219 a litre. This is a huge difference and I wonder why. I have refused to support the gas stations in Summerland and have filled up in Penticton and done my shopping there.”

So I sat down and did some math to see how much of a saving it is to drive to Penticton and fill up on gas.

The difference in price was five cents a litre, so if you filled up with 40 litres of fuel, you would save yourself $2 (40 litres times five cents.)

Let’s say you drive a fuel efficient car that gets 50 miles per Imperial gallon. That would convert to 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres. The distance between Summerland and Penticton is 18 kilometres, so a round trip would be 36 kilometres. Driving that distance would use 2.01 litres of fuel.

At the price of $1.21 a litre, it will cost $2.43 to go to Penticton ($1.21 times 2.01 litres used.)

There is no savings on gas and if you drive a six- or eight-cylinder vehicle, you will be losing more money. This also does not take into account the vehicle wear and tear.

I suggest we support our local businesses. We’ll be saving time, money and the environment.

Stan Hacking

Summerland