I've noticed lately that characters on this show travel from Smallville to Metropolis very quickly. Sometimes 2 or 3 trips a day. I thought they established in season 1 or 2 that it was about a 3 Hour drive. For example: in Vengeance, Martha goes to Metropolis to get to a meeting and drop off Jonathan's clothes to the mission. It was dark. Then she is at the farm telling Clark. Clark goes to the Daily Planet to investigate with Chloe. Presumabley the same night. And Martha arrives looking for him. Lana has made the multiple trips in one day as well. With today's gas prices, how can college students afford to drive that much. Again, if they go by the 3 hours away story, 2 round trips would be 12 hours on the road.