Planning: Gasoline Rations

Fuel rationing is turning out to be a timely subject, what with the eastern seaboard experiencing gas shortages from the Alabama pipeline leak.

Luckily, we're not affected by that particular shortage. However, according to my best guess, we're only going to have about 45 gallons of gasoline per month (if we're careful with our electricity usage) on the ration point system. That works out to roughly 11 gallons per week. Therein lies a Yuuuuuge problem.

I've been going crazy(er) trying to figure out how we were going to survive with only 45 gallons of gasoline per month. 45 gallons won't even come close to covering Danny's commute, much less trips to town for Kung Fu lessons, grocery shopping, photography lessons, and unexpected visits to the vet/doctor/library. We live 12 miles, one way, from the nearest town. Danny drives about 50 miles, one way, to work each day. 500 miles per week, minimum. At 20mpg, that's 25 gallons just for him, for one week. We're not selling the house to move closer, can't afford a new car with better gas mileage, and he can't just quit work! 45 gallons doesn't equal 100 gallons, no matter how hard I try.

Rationing just wasn't going to work. It was beginning to look like we were going to have to quit the experiment before we even began. Then I discovered the A, B, C's.

An American HBC contributor reports: "I was a teenager during World War II and remember the rationing of food, gas and other strategic items before I was drafted into the Army. Silk stockings and nylon's for ladies was unheard of. Young ladies drew a line down the back of their legs to indicate they were wearing stockings. Gas rationing: a Class "A" sticker allowed you four gallons a week; Class "B" sticker allowed you ten gallons a week and a Class "C: sticker was unlimited, meaning your vehicle was essential for the war effort.American Rationing During WW2
Who was considered essential for the war effort?
The "C" sticker was issued primarily to professional people, physicians nurses, dentists, ministers, priests, Mail delivery, embalmers, farm workers, construction or maintenance workers, Soldiers and armed forces going to duty, and several others.   Gas Ration Stickers
Danny's jobs (Medical Instructor and Flight Paramedic) both fall under the class C designation!!!! We can do this after all!!

However, for fairness sake, since we're using the American gas rationing system, I'm going to adjust the fuel allowances. Our 7-room house will still get 140 units (1050KW) of electricity per month, but instead of the 15 extra units each for personal use, I'm going to follow the American gasoline ration system. Danny will only use his car for commuting and farm work (hauling hay/animals/fencing/etc.) The 4-gallon-per-week gas ration will be used in our other car and we will use it for everything else.

That leaves me enough gasoline for about three round trips to town each week. That's not a lot, but I think I can work with that.


Gorges Smythe said...

Glad you got THAT all worked out! - lol

Catherine said...

Trying to set this up to be as valid an experiment as we can make it has been tougher than I thought.

"Rules for Rations"--sounds like an Alinsky book, gone right. ;)

Chickenmom said...

Amazing to learn what you don't really need, isn't it? And think of all the money we would save IF we didn't go into town a few times a week!

Catherine said...

I agree whole-heartedly, Chickenmom! Once you realize something you want or need is scarce, you start really paying attention and taking more care of whatever it is. Maybe that's some of what is wrong with our culture; there is so much of everything, nothing means that much.

I spent all yesterday in town, paying bills, shopping, getting feed, and the whole while, I was obsessively watching the gas gauge. I'm thinking I'm only going to get two trips per week. I sure don't want to run out of gas!