(From USA Today – April 10th, 2007)
“Drivers in the USA will pay 11% more for gasoline this summer than a year ago, the government predicted, while offering hope that prices will be lower at the peak of the summer driving season.
The price of a gallon of regular gasoline will average $2.62, up 25 cents from last year and up more than $1 from the summer of 2003, the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Energy Department, said in its annual summer gasoline outlook.”
I bet you wish you were paying $2.62 for fuel right now. Here in Rockford, we just came down to $2.99 a gallon.
Fuel is always a tough issue for drum corps and we have budgeted for more than the average dollar per gallon, but it is still a huge dollar amount to pay for over the course of a season.
The average Division 1 DCI corps will spend an estimated $40,000.00 in fuel on a 15,000 mile tour this summer.
We do our best on the road, fueling in bulk during the day with local deliveries right to the practice facilities, this not only cuts down on cost and allows us to shop, but also saves us time at night to get to the next town.
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