Does it feel like more of your paycheck is going to pay to fuel up your vehicle? According to the US Energy Information Administration, it is. Last year, the average US household paid $2,912 for gasoline, which represents almost four percent of the average household annual income. The government agency notes that this is the highest percentage of household income spent on fuel in almost 30 years (save 2008, when the numbers were similar).

Oddly enough, US gas consumption fell to its lowest level since 2001, but gas prices have risen dramatically over the last couple of years to take a bigger bite out of our paychecks – 26.1 percent alone in 2011 and another 3.3 percent in 2012. Last year's 3.3 percent fuel price increase was slightly more than the 2.9 percent increase in household income. The one thing we can't blame this on is modern cars. Despite the fact the average US household's travel has increased "significantly" since the '80s, vehicles are now more efficient than ever.


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      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gas and food have gone up like crazy while wages have stayed the same as 2005.
        DeepakX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        Unfortunately, American's appetite for food is same as their transportation. It's the feeling they get for consuming it. "I want that BIG SUV, because it feels good. Who cares for the side-effects" "I want that BIG WHOPPER because it feels good. Who cares for the side-effects"
          wilkegm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DeepakX
          Has less to do with over-consumption, and more with what's left over after the necessities. Its getting to be less and less. Thanks to the corn lobby, my car gets worse milage, when I go to the grocery store, where everything came on a truck ans was cultivated by a tractor or fed on corn.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nicely said, Giza. You too, TurboF.
        TurboFroggy
        • 1 Year Ago
        When you can do the exact same job, haul 1 butt to work and back and do it for 1/10th the cost per mile I would think that is a no brainer. When a car like the Nissan Leaf can be leased for less than what your paying for gas, or less than the average car (average car $27,958, Leaf can be purchased for $28,800 before tax credit, $21,300 after and even $2500 less than that in California) why keep paying so much for gas? Forget the no-polution thing, green thing, no money sent to terrorists thing, this is pure economics combined with a knowledge of how car one drives to work and back. The fact is that if your driving less than 50 miles to work in something that gets less than 26MPG, you can have a brand new car, that is faster, quieter and safer that you fill at home like your cell phone. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/autos/2005-11-16-car-prices-usat_x.htm
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      "$2,192" nearly $3,000? Per the source: "Gasoline expenditures in 2012 for the average U.S. household reached $2,912, or just under 4% of income before taxes, according to EIA estimates." AB just made a little typo.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Yeah, they need to learn to use cut & paste to avoid such annoying typos.
        luigi.tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Remember, this is the same Autoblog that claims they averaged 42.7 in the CITY driving a Chevy Cruze. I think Huffington Post likes to use Obama style math.
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Mr Ross is struggling today.
      Dave R
      • 1 Year Ago
      My fuel costs for 2012: Prius: $812 9100 mi $0.089 / mi LEAF: $342 9500 mi $0.036 / mi Total: $1154 Could probably convert at least half the Prius miles to EV miles if it were a Prius plug-in - more if it were a Volt, but the cost to drive on gas would probably be about 30% higher per mile due to lower fuel economy and premium fuel requirement.
      MTN RANGER
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm down to $140 for all of '12.
        MTN RANGER
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        Of course $140 for gas, and roughly $240 for electricity to go 14k miles.
      superg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably $5500 here with the ML63 and G500. I'm not going to complain as I knew what mpg I was going to get before purchasing.
      Rob J
      • 1 Year Ago
      I spent about $200 on my CBR, $600 on a transit pass and MAYBE $500 on rental/car co-op... I'm ok with that.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob J
        I have a $50/month budget for gasoline and only went over a few times last year, so it probably was around $700 for me. But I ride my bike to work. ~$450 of it comes from visiting the parents 300 miles away a few times a year.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob J
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          Rob J
          • 1 Year Ago
          Hence why I only ride it for fun. I commute by bus or carpool with friends and get to sleep/read for my commute to work. Sometimes I take my motorcycle in to work but I usually ride my bike in the summer.
      Dodsworth Fandango
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to put a cap on gas prices... Let the oil companies break even every once in a while, like the rest of us business owners. They don't need to be making billions of dollars in pure profit every quarter, because their "speculators" are "nervous" about Iran, or some other baloney excuse to drive up the price of oil..
        daskon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dodsworth Fandango
        The good thing about the oil companies making money is that like most people with retirement accounts, I am heavily invested in them. The more they make, the bigger my retirement account will get. If they dont make very much, I dont get to retire for a long time if at all.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fcuk that, I spent more than that by myself in half a year! And I get 32 miles a gallon!
        davebo357
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        I guess you're single-handedly offsetting the people with EV's then.
      AL-Concetta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well that should make the GREEDY speculaters and the oil companys and the staion owners happy.
      Loveday
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crazy I spend over $5000 a year on gas my husband about the same and my son more like $6000 a year to and from lacrosse and community college so maybe $16000 more like it .
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, but they spent that much at Starbucks so it isn't that bad.....
        Rob J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        These are problem the same people who complain that there taxes are too damn high. Best day of my life was when I realized how cheap, easy and delicious it is to roast your own beans.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob J
          Your point was well made. I live in Florida and grew my own coffee for a while. WOW it's good. Unfortunately the plants are really cold sensitive and all of the freezes in Florida a couple years ago killed them. :-(
          Rob J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob J
          Jesus I failed hard on that first sentence...
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Roughly$1,837 for me. I like the sammichs too....
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