Saturday, June 10, 2000

Soaring costs can add up quickly


        The increased cost of gasoline this year might seem small for one car making one trip. But multiply that by several thousand cars, and the impact is enormous.

        For example, Paramount's Kings Island officials say that, on an average day, there are 8,334 cars in their parking lot. Each car, they say, comes an average of 50 miles — or 100 miles round-trip.

        Based on those figures, cars travel 833,400 miles total. At an average of 25 miles per gallon, that's 33,336 gallons consumed.

        Based on June 1999's average price of $1.08 a gallon, that fuel would have cost about $36,000. At this year's local price of $1.87 per gallon in many places, the cost is $62,338.

        Sources: Paramount's Kings Island, Greater Cincinnati Gasoline Dealers Association


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