I just need to get this off my chest so that I don’t think about it any more …
People keep asking me, about my car – ‘How many miles do you get to the gallon?’ – and I just look at them blankly and mumble … ”Not sure.’
What I really mean is that I have absolutely no idea at all. I cannot remember when I last bought petrol by the gallon and so I have no way of relating the two measures.
As a teacher I can’t remember ever teaching children how to work in imperial measures either. So how does the present cohort of yourng motorists cope with sales people who explain things to them in terminology that they have never learned? And … why does my car show me my petrol in gallons and what should we do about it?