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kass
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Good morning everyone!

My husband and I are in the beginning stages of thinking about the move to the USVI (specifically STX) and we're crunching numbers about the cost of living. It sounds like your fuel costs are very similar to ours here in Eastern Pennsylvania. But I have a related question. How many miles to you drive per day?

I used to commute 67 miles RT to work in New Jersey. And my husband had a job that took him to Philly three times a week (75 miles one way). All together we probably still put 100 miles total on our cars per day.

But it occurred to me that STX simply isn't that big so nothing is 75 miles away.

So how many miles do you USVI residents drive per day (or per week)?

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Topic starter Posted : June 29, 2011 10:26 am
pt
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Beware of the "it's-only-a-small-island" illusion. It - STX - isn't small because the map you will be following is the list of innumerable places you will have to go everyday, shooting here and there and back and forth, shopping, hardware stores, jobs, post office, etc., etc. Sorry, but the further east of Christiansted you live the more inconvenient and exasperating your position becomes. Most normal shopping activity, health-care, government offices are all mid-island and west.

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Posted : June 29, 2011 11:29 am
kass
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That's precisely why I'm asking the question, PT. I don't want to make any assumptions. I'd rather let you who live there tell me your experiences.

So how many miles do you drive in the average day or week?

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Topic starter Posted : June 29, 2011 12:29 pm
glynnswife
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Didn't live on St. Croix and sold real estate so number of miles I drove isn't relevant but the milage I got was a lot less than in the states because I wasn't driving on freeways - in St. Thomas I got 12-13 MPG. In the states I get 27-29 MPG.

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Posted : June 29, 2011 12:35 pm
STXBob
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Our car on STX has 2 drivers, and we put an average of 22 miles per day on it. We both work from home, so it's mostly for shopping and recreational use. It's all "city" driving on largely crappy roads, so it's more like double the miles per day for gas, wear and tear.

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Posted : June 29, 2011 1:32 pm
SunnyCaribe
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My wife and I put 7-8000 mi/yr on our vehicles each. My wife has a very regular route; mine varies quite a bit but they both average nearly the same.

We drive economical vehicles but we still only average 17-21 mpg due to the slow speeds required by the bumpy stx roads.

I got twice the expected life out of my first clutch, but I replace ball joints at least once a year.

There are very few direct routes from anywhere to anywhere, so a cross-island commute can take nearly an hour, even taking advantage of the highway.

Beware of estimating distances "as the crow flies." We live well east of Christiansted, but we find that the drives to Good Hope School and Country Day School take nearly the same time, despite the significant difference in proximity.

Hope this helps.

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Posted : June 29, 2011 1:33 pm
speee1dy
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depends on if you work or not. if you dont work and only go to the store, post office, bank...things like that .
during the week i average about 15-20 minutes each way to and from work-not sure of the miles.
weekends i go to sunny isle and shop at three to four stores, that driving time is about 30 minutes each way-not sure of miles. if we go to the beach thats about 15-20 minutes each way. if we go to fredericksted that could take about 45-1 hour depending on traffic.. again-not sure of miles.
my husband travels all over the island for his work. lots and lots of miles. you could easily put over 100 miles on your car in a day or you could just put a few. depends on what you do

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Posted : June 29, 2011 1:44 pm
Hiya!
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On island I think you have to look at it as how much time you will spend in your car. I live and work mostly in town so I'm 10 minutes away from it, sunny island is 20 ish minutes or 30 if I go thru down and not southshore. From my home to sandy point out west I'm looking at 45 minutes.

You never want to live on the opposite of the island where you work at. Even though the island is not big the traffic is slow (low mph), always traffic build up in town and center island, usually always a detour some where were they are working on the roads. Not to mention giant potholes all over the place.

So it's a small island but you will still spend time in your car.

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Posted : June 29, 2011 2:35 pm
Neil
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Our car on STX has 2 drivers, and we put an average of 22 miles per day on it. We both work from home, so it's mostly for shopping and recreational use. It's all "city" driving on largely crappy roads, so it's more like double the miles per day for gas, wear and tear.

Ditto.
I thought we'd drive less, but avg about the same miles per year as when we lived in the states. On St Croix, this is especially true if you do not live in Christiansted where people tend to drive-to a lot. Many continentals live on the east end of StX and end up driving 20 to 30 minutes one-way to everything.

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Posted : June 29, 2011 2:59 pm
kass
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Thanks for the info, everyone! And thank you also for mentioning the reduced MPG you get on STX. That had not occurred to me!

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Topic starter Posted : June 29, 2011 3:09 pm
southernsweetie
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Is a manual or automatic transmission better for island driving?

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Posted : July 12, 2011 8:26 am
speee1dy
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i have had both, and i prefer automatic.

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Posted : July 12, 2011 12:07 pm
Bombi
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My commute is about 20 miles and throw in some errands and go to about 30 a day with a few trips to the beach on weekends. Shopping will add miles as you will have to visit more than one store to find what you want.
I have a 4 cylinder automatic and it gets a little better than 20 and an older Jeep that gets 12-15 MPG.
I think a 4 cyl auto is the best getting around vehicle, easier to park.

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Posted : July 12, 2011 12:26 pm
Juanita
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I just calculated my miles per day, simply based on how many miles on my car and how long I've had it, and it came to just about 8 miles per day. I don't work outside the home, so it's all just shopping, etc. Our house is very central and well located with easy access to almost everything, so that helps a lot. My husband probably puts about 20 per day on his truck. He does all the "errands" and he isn't good about consolidating trips. Hope this helps.

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Posted : July 12, 2011 3:06 pm
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