Weight difference on fuel cost driving to Spain - Tue 14th November 2017

A recent trip included returning to the UK with some of my favourite Spanish wines including some great Riberio del Duero crianza and rose wine from Somontano, although on this trip I had returned with 20 cases of 6, which is 10 fewer than normal.

What was interesting, is that 10 cases is the weight of the average person at around 80 kilos, whereby considerably  less fuel was used on the journey. In fact, I normally fill up with diesel fuel in Spain just before the French border at   Biarritz and have to refuel again  north of Tours on route to Dieppe.

Being 80 kilos lighter, the car was able to get to Dieppe without refuelling and fuel left, so in all it allowed me a further 120 miles of distance than usual. Moneywise it worked out roughly as 20 Euros to carry that 60 bottles, or extra person through France, or 30 Euros from Moraira to Dieppe.

It was simply interesting to know the differential in cost when carrying either less or more weight over a 600 mile stretch.

Posted by Bruce Gibson

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