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Saving Fuel: New Car or Just Drive Slower?

August 19th, 2014

Canadian gas prices

Don’t be deceived by the gas signs when traveling abroad.

Gas prices here in the States are about as high as they’ve ever been, hovering just below $4 per gallon in my area. The premium stuff is $3.89 at my corner station.

That makes filling up my SUV a major account drain. In fact, there should probably be men in suits and dark glasses verifying account balances before drivers are allowed to enter a gas station’s general proximity.

Having a rig that gets 20 miles per gallon, tops, is expensive. Unfortunately, it’s also necessary when you have a family of 6 and enjoy adventurous car camping trips in another country.

A Toyota Prius just isn’t going to cut it.

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Americans Drive More Miles, Use Less Gas. Turbos Responsible?

February 6th, 2013
2013 Ford Fusion SE EcoBoost

Is the turbo worth the extra cost?

There are some odd stats out of the fossil-fuel world these last couple of days:

  • Fuel prices are up across the country, which is disturbing but not particularly odd.
  • Families paid an average of nearly $3,000 for fuel in 2012, or about 4% of the average household annual income. That’s the highest percentage in about 30 years. Again, sad, but not surprising or odd.
  • The amount of miles traveled by each household has increased significantly over the last 30 years, which seems to be in line with all these other trends.

So what’s the odd part about this latest news?

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California Gas Prices Looking More Like European Gas Prices

October 8th, 2012

L.A. gas prices

I may have picked the wrong time to go to Los Angeles.

October is normally a nice time to visit, as the heat has eased off and the perpetual smog and/or fire smoke has been cleared by the freshness of early Autumn. This year, though, my timing to visit Southern California could be some of the worst yet. Not because of fires or earthquakes or Academy Awards ceremonies, but because of gas prices.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a city more reliant on personal transportation than L.A., with miles of freeways all jam-packed with frustrated motorists burning fuel while slogging toward the next interchange.

Fuel that now costs, in some places, over $5 per gallon.

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The Costs of Driving Are Going Down!

June 25th, 2012

$3 gas!

How does gas at under $3 per gallon sound?

When I was 17 and paying just over a dollar a gallon, I would have punched the future me in the face for being excited about $3 gas. But with recent fears of $5 gas on the horizon, news of prices dropping back below three bucks is a welcome development.

At that price, we can stop buying over-priced Eco cars and start drag-racing our Escalades on the way to the grocery store again.

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Gas Crises? If You Have One of These Cars, Sell Now!

February 28th, 2012

Though our friends in England, Germany and Australia won’t take pity, word has it that gas prices in Los Angeles are quickly approaching $5 per gallon. That may not have put a dent in many celebs’ plans to drive their supercars to the Academy Awards last weekend, but that price is a huge budget-killer for most of us. (And a reason for some companies to ramp up their free gas campaigns!)

With no immediate signs of a retreat in prices through summer, it’s probably time to re-think your decision to buy that Suburban you thought was a good idea in 2009. Yes, that’s the last time gas dropped below $2 per gallon. If you took the bait and bought a new car back then thinking we were safe from high fuel prices, guess again. You should consider placing your fuel-chugging ride in the CarGurus used listings and sell before prices really explode. Especially if you drive one of these:

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Are Gas Stations Scamming Us?

October 5th, 2011

Gas pump nozzle

As if we don’t pay enough at the gas pump, now comes word that some stations may deliberately be shorting the amount of fuel we pump into our cars.

Originally reported by the Bangor Daily News, state inspection officials in Maine have found several stations with multiple pumps delivering less fuel than customers are paying for. In fact, some of them are so glaringly inaccurate that the agriculture department ordered them immediately shut down for being seven times outside the acceptable error tolerance.

That’s not even the worst of it: The state doesn’t have the time or money to find out which stations are doing it on purpose and which are the result of poorly calibrated pumps. The newspaper shared a memo from Maine’s Department of Agriculture that certainly isn’t shy about what it believes is happening:

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Could Michele Bachmann Deliver on Promise of Gas Under $2.00/Gallon?

August 23rd, 2011

It’s either a sign of a desperate candidate, proof that some people don’t understand how fuel is priced or a simple ploy to win votes.

Whatever her intent, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has said she would bring back sub-$2/gallon fuel if elected. According to Politico she said:

The day that the president became president, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.

The average price today is $3.57 and slowly falling, thanks in part to the events unfolding in Libya. Of course, if “the president” wasn’t the president gas would still be under two bucks since he’s obviously the sole reason gas prices spiked. He must have failed to understand the “set gas prices” responsibility in the presidential job description; or maybe there’s more to gas prices than who is president.

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Green Update: Higher Gas Taxes? Don’t Be Ridiculous.

August 16th, 2011

Old gas pumps

Basically, U.S. drivers would rather pay speculators and investors—the people responsible for the higher gas prices about which they endlessly complain—than put more money into a government fund to maintain our highways and infrastructure.

They would rather have an intricate, unfair and fraudulent system called CAFE regulate car mileage standards than let the price of gasoline and the market produce fuel-efficient cars, which would be a better deal for consumers and automakers both.

Now, some are talking about letting the gas tax (18.4 cents per gallon) expire on September 30, which would soon put thousands of rail and highway workers off their jobs, just the kind of stimulus work the country needs, right?

A few nut-case types like Grover Norquist are even proposing that the states administer gas tax funds and pay for their own roads. In a short time, U.S. highways would become like the roads I drive on in Mexico. Imagine how that patchwork system would help the economy.

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Do Rising Gas Prices Make People Stupid? Here’s How To Protect Yourself

April 18th, 2011

Feeling stupid? Blame the gas prices.

As gas prices increase, the collective brain power of the driving public decreases. Or, to say that more simply:

High gas prices might make you stupid.

Maybe that’s not a proven fact, but drivers are looking for ways to fight against cash-sucking gas pumps and, perhaps in desperation, are increasingly making decisions that don’t make any sense.

For proof that human brains cease to function after paying $4 per gallon, keep reading.

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