Summer Driving

According to calculations from the Car Care Council, even if gasoline hit $5 per gallon this summer, the costs of driving would still be substantially less than those associated with flying. The Council cites estimates from AAA that a 1,000-mile round trip for a family of four in a typical sport-utility vehicle would be $343 even with $5/gallon gas, a cost that also includes maintenance and tire wear. The same family trip via airline, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, would cost more than $1,300, not including transportation to and from the airport, parking, etc.

Even though the costs of fuel have risen substantially in recent months, the same fuel costs that affect motorists also affect airlines, leading to rising ticket prices, fewer bags allowed, etc. This is a trend that bodes well for the lube industry heading into the busy summer driving season, traditionally the most profitable time of year for lube operators. Even with high gas prices, fewer people in the air could mean more on the roads — and more visits to the neighborhood fast lube to get the car ready for that long summer road trip!

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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One Response to Summer Driving

  1. No one wants to be in an automobile accident or to experience a breakdown, but you also have to look on the bright side if your vacation plans do get interrupted. Personally, I think that the unexpected elements of a vacation are sometimes the most enjoyable.

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