Motor expenses don’t factor in diesel cars
THE article headlined "Rocketing petrol prices hitting families for €400 more per year" (Irish Independent, May 4) omits a couple of very important facts.
The article frequently refers to the cost of a litre of petrol and petrol bills families must pay. However, according to the CSO, the majority of new private cars sold are diesel – in March 2011 the figure was 69.4pc.
Secondly, and most importantly, the article states that the “average family car does more than 19,000km a year... requiring 1,800 litres”. In ‘old money’, this is about 12,000 miles and 396 gallons giving, on average, 30mpg.