Revised: How many miles do you drive?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by silbeej, May 6, 2008.


How many miles do you drive a year, and where do you live?

  1. US <5000 miles

    4 vote(s)
  2. US 5000 - 10000

    4 vote(s)
  3. US 10000 - 15000

    9 vote(s)
  4. US 15000 - 20000

    8 vote(s)
  5. US 20000<

    7 vote(s)
  6. EU <5000

    5 vote(s)
  7. EU 5000 - 10000

    4 vote(s)
  8. EU 10000-15000

    1 vote(s)
  9. EU 15000 - 20000

    1 vote(s)
  10. EU 20000<

    2 vote(s)
  1. silbeej macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007
    I'm just curious with the rise in gas prices and everything, how many miles the average person drives a year. More so, how many miles Europeans drive compared to Americans. The United States is gigantic compared to Europe, and with all the public transport out there, the higher price of gas seems to level itself out. With that, European models of cars get better fuel economy than the same model in the US, which i find odd, also how much more fuel efficient European cars are in general. Well leave a note and take the poll.

    **New poll with revised mileages**
  2. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I drive 120 miles a day round trip to and from work.

    If I have to pick up at day care, add on another 20 miles.

    I live in New England. I am trying to sell my house to move closer, but we all know how this market is.

    So my total for a year is about 35,000 miles.
  3. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    the last 2 years i've been around 17,000 miles a year, in the US
  4. BengalDuck macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    I'm a student. 100 miles from home, so figure I make about 10 of those trips a year = 2,000 miles.

    Maybe once a year I'll make a 1,000 mile roadtrip (drove up to Vancouver, B.C. from Eugene, OR this last spring break).

    Figure less than 2,000 miles for the rest of my recreational driving to friends, stores, rec center, etc.

    I'm a college kid so I don't have to drive very much.
  5. dopey220 macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2006
    I drive a lot less now than I used to. For three years I lived in Clinton, Mi with my parents and made the 50 mile round trip commute to Ann Arbor for school, but then I graduated and moved up to Grand Rapids to continue my education.

    I used to live in the suburb Allendale and drove to school each day (about 25 miles round trip), but I moved downtown recently so now I'm close enough to walk. I drive across the city to work and buy groceries (about 7 miles), but that doesn't add up to much. The biggest trip I regularly make is down to Clinton to visit my parents (140 miles), but that's only once a month or so.
  6. comictimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    Well most of the year I'm at college, 3000 miles away from my car.

    So I'm home about 100 days a year, and probably drive an average of 20 miles a day, so probably around 2,000 miles/year
  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I drive almost exactly 12000 miles per year. My commute to work is not very long (3.0 miles according to Google Maps), but I make it twice most days since I drive home for lunch. I'd ride my bike or walk except that weather is quite bad a lot of the year here, and it's entirely uphill on the way there which would make an already morning-hating person like me practically die.

    Anyway, I end up taking about one long driving trip per year. Last year it was to Washington, this year probably will be to California.
  8. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    I don't really know how much I drive. I walk to work. I only take the car to the grocery store because it rains in Portland and I hate carrying groceries in the rain (but take the bus during the summer instead of the car for the most part).
  9. pivo6 macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2002
    In Central Minnesota

    Last year I drove just over 48k miles. So far this year I'm at 15394 miles. I should also add that this is in a company car and a majority of the miles are for work. They pay for the gas.
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    On track for 16k this year.
    Big boost over my 9-10k miles while in college.
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I did just about 20k on the dot last year (Aug-Aug), which included round trip to Baltimore (about 1700). My car is on 35902 right now. Round trip to school for me is 32 miles, which I make at least once a day (well, only a few more times this month after tomorrow. Yay finals!). Plus last month I drove out to the sticks of NW CT last month, which was about 240 round trip.
  12. creator2456 macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2007
    First year having to do regular driving and I came in at just under 20,000, ~90% being highway. Definitely going to cut back as much as I can, but I am glad I get near 30 mpg (not great, but reasonable).
  13. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    I'd drive well under 5000 a year. Probably under 1000. Train, bus, and ferry are my primary modes of transport and I use them 7 days a week for everything. I've good access to these in Sydney and buy a yearly all-inclusive ticket. I only really drive if I need to transport something I can't carry such as a big grocery shop. I much prefer passive transport.
  14. Carrot007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    I don't see how that could be if they were the same model, you sure you converted the EURO MPG to US MPG? Google handily informs me that 1 Imperial gallon = 1.20095042 US gallons. Also note that quite often EURO and US cars share only a name and are quite different beasts.

    I drive around 12000 Milkes a year and get about 30 Imperial MPG. Which this handy converter I found tell me is about 25 US MPG.

    Unfortunatly due to fuel prices this is about 15p a mile to me and that certainly builds up.
  15. sreedy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    I'm in the UK and I do about 25,000 miles a year but I get around 60 Imperial MPG in my little diesel 130bhp 1.9 Litre SEAT Ibiza (image). Which is about 8p or 15 cents per mile.

    I do 45 miles a day to work and then the same back, even before the recent fuel hikes I started lift sharing with a co-worker..... saving me a fortune now!
  16. silbeej thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007

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