Two nights ago, I saw a news report on a gentleman using vegetable oil to run his diesel truck. He said the exhaust smells like french fries, but said he only paid 6 or 7 cents a gallon to get the fuel from a local restaurant.
Earlier this month, I, too, grew weary of high gasoline prices. I’d only had my Chevrolet Impala a year and a half, but the $40-$50 fill-up price took a huge chunk out of my pocket since I commute to Monticello in southeast Arkansas at least twice a week. Rather than giving the munchies to the drivers behind me, I decided on an alternative course of action.
I traded the Impala for a Toyota Prius, one of these new-fangled hybrid cars. I’d originally wanted a hybrid when I bought the Impala, but my brother Chuck, who runs El Dorado’s Teague dealership, said I’d have to put my name on a year-long-waiting list since the hybrids stayed on the lot less than a week at best. But when I called him in mid-April, he just happened to have one on the lot.
After discussing it for a few days, my wife and I agreed it would be a good purchase. So I drove from Monticello to pick up the hybrid, sight unseen. Continue reading