How many miles are on your vehicle?
I had a 7 mile round trip commute for over 14 years and if the weather was nice I'd park my car and take the bike or the Spree. There was a stretch in the mid-2000s where I didn't take my commuter out of the garage for a few weeks. It took almost 12 years to hit 90,000 miles on the vehicle that I purchased new in 1998.
Well, things have changed. I purchased my current vehicle from another community blogger in late 2010 with roughly 40,000 miles and yesterday the 2008 Saturn hit 85,000 miles…almost a full 5 years on the road and I'm close to the 90,000 mark that took 12 years to log on my last vehicle. Wow! While the commute to work hasn't been a bad one, the miles are racking up. In fact, I took a look at the tires last week and it 'was time'. The purchase of new tires didn't happen until much later into the purchase of my last vehicle but the miles heading east and back each day, along with my normal 'running' after work in Janesville are building.
One bright spot is I have a vehicle with 85,000 miles on it and I'm looking at 60,000 mile warranty tires. 30 years ago, a car with 85,000 miles logged would be ready for a trade and the car lot would auction the 'heap' off to the scrapyard. Now, 85,000 miles is early in the life span of most cars.
While I'd love my 7 mile round trip ride back I'm thankful for what I have. The commute isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm not thrilled that my car needs new rubber already because it's darn expensive but I'm glad that I don't HAVE to search for a new vehicle like commuters of another generation had to do.
How old is your vehicle and how many miles have you logged?
Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.