Anyway, the five year summary is more exciting than the mear 16,508 miles we traveled this year. In the last five years you have tolerated my mileage reports showing we have driven less and less, down about 5000 miles per year (25%) less driving than we used to. Part of this is increased online ordering, instead of shopping trips to the mall. Another part of this is combining trips to conserve fuel and save time. We also just have not gone out as much, having already had our fun attending festivals and events, and coming to the conclusion that we don't want to deal with the drama of parking, expense, crowds and driving.
In summary, our cost of driving has doubled in 5 years from 0.19/mile in 2009, to the present cost of 0.40/mile in 2014. Part of this increase is because we have cut down driving 25%, so the given cost is more per mile. It costs us an average of $4 to drive to work 10 miles. Every mile I can ride by bicycle saves $0.40. So ten miles a day is $4. And 50 miles a week is $20. And 200 miles a month riding is $80 saved. If you think this is a ridiculous exercise, I challenge you to figure your cost of transportation. Add your car payments, insurance costs, maintenance, car washes, parking and tolls, gasoline and then cry. You will find it is a very ugly number. But you can't improve what you don't measure.
Today is a great day to just make a note of the miles on your car or truck and you're on your way to improvement.