Cheap Gas Prices Could Mean Travel Headaches This Labor Day Weekend

Cheap Gas Prices Could Mean Travel Headaches This Labor Day Weekend

While we’ve all been dancing around at the gas pump over the news that fuel prices are cheap nationwide right now on average and will keep dropping until it’s below $2 a gallon, there’s a potential down side to the cheap gas glory: an estimated 35.5 million Americans will hit the road for Labor Day weekend, spurred in part by the low cost of gas. More people driving translates into more cars on the road, which could mean you’ll be stuck playing car games while waiting for traffic to move. [More]

You Can Buy Gas For Under $2 Per Gallon In At Least 12 States Right Now

You Can Buy Gas For Under $2 Per Gallon In At Least 12 States Right Now

A few weeks ago, we heard gas prices would probably start dipping below $2 per gallon in many parts of the country as soon as this fall. And in some states, those low prices can already be found at some gas stations. But even so, given the price of crude oil right now, gas should be even cheaper, experts say. [More]

Gas Prices Get Low, Stay Low: You Could Be Paying Under $2 Per Gallon Soon

Gas Prices Get Low, Stay Low: You Could Be Paying Under $2 Per Gallon Soon

If you’re planning an end-of-the-summer road trip, you’re in luck: Gas prices across the country are pretty low right now, dropping about 6% in the last month to just $2.59 a gallon on average. But if you’re planning to hit the highways and byways this fall, your luck is about to get even better at the pump, as experts say gas prices could fall below $2 a gallon next month. [More]

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Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile System As An Alternative To State’s Gas Tax

With more fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrid cars hitting the roads every day and requiring less gas, some states are looking into how they can still collect enough money from drivers to keep maintain their roads and bridges. Oregon is one such state, with a new test program that allows volunteers to pay the state not for the amount of fuel they buy at the pump with a gas tax, but for how many miles they drive. [More]

New Jersey Won’t Get Self-Serve Gas Pumps Anytime Soon

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As things stand right now, there are only two states in the nation where drivers are not allowed to pump their own gas: New Jersey and Oregon. Both states have legislation pending that would put an end to the days of full-serve only, but a powerful Garden State legislator has made it known that there will be no self-serve on his watch. [More]

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This Summer’s Gas Prices Predicted To Be At Their Lowest In Six Years

As if there wasn’t enough to celebrate with the impending arrival of summer, road trip vacations will be even better this year with gasoline predicted to be at its cheapest in at least six years. Perfect for when you finally decide to drive across the country to visit that giant ball of [insert weird thing to make a giant ball out of] in [state far away from where you live]. [More]

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Oregon Drivers May Soon Be Able To Pump Their Own Gas In Remote Areas

If you meet someone who doesn’t know how to pump gas, it’s likely due to one of two things: Either they’ve never driven a car/don’t have a license because they live in a city where it’s unnecessary, or they’re from either Oregon or New Jersey, where it’s illegal to pump your own gas. That could be changing for Oregonians soon, at least to a certain extent. [More]

Technically, gas in Venezuela is even cheaper than this. (J B)

This Taxi Driver’s Business Secret: Bootleg Venezuelan Gas

When you live on an island, things that have to be imported are expensive. For example, on the Caribbean island of Aruba, gasoline costs more than $4 per gallon. That would make it fairly expensive to be a full-time taxi driver, wouldn’t it? Yes, if it weren’t for one driver’s brilliant yet illegal trade secret: sailing to Venezuela with a bunch of gas cans. [More]

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Gov’t Forecast: The Average Driver Will Save $550 On Gas Next Year

After so much pain at the pump in recent years, it’s got to be sweet relief for drivers to hear that 2015 might be easier on the old wallet. A report from the federal government says the average driver will save $550 on gas next year compared to 2014. [More]

LEGO Dumps Deal Allowing Shell Gas Stations To Hand Out Toy Sets After Campaign Against Arctic Drilling

A shot from Greenpeace's anti-Shell campaign using LEGO blocks.

Danish toy company LEGO has ditched a deal it had with Shell that allowed the company to hand out toy sets at its gas stations in about 30 countries around the world, after Greenpeace activists launched a campaign against Shell drilling in the Arctic. [More]

Combining Convenience Stores: Hess Sells Retail Locations To Speedway For $2.87 Billion

Combining Convenience Stores: Hess Sells Retail Locations To Speedway For $2.87 Billion

If you’re a loyal customer of Hess gasoline you might want to go fill up now, because those gas stations won’t be around much longer. [More]

Feds Creating Gasoline Reserve To Prepare Against Future Shortages After Storms

Feds Creating Gasoline Reserve To Prepare Against Future Shortages After Storms

Anyone with a car who lived in areas impacted by super storm Sandy in 2012 will surely remember the freakishly long lines for gas at stations all over the Northeast. To keep those shortages from happening again should the region be hit with another severe storm or hurricane, the federal government is creating a stockpile of gasoline, to the tune of one million barrels (said in Dr. Evil voice because that joke still exists, inexplicably). [More]

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Cops Have To Shut Down Pump After $.011/Gallon Gas Glitch

For a few hours during the overnight shift, a gas station in Illinois gave away an awful lot of free fuel, as a screwed-up (or screwed-with) pump was only charging customers a penny a gallon. [More]

What Is The Best Day To Fill Up Your Gas Tank? Hint: It’s Probably The Weekend

What Is The Best Day To Fill Up Your Gas Tank? Hint: It’s Probably The Weekend

It’s no secret there are better times of the year than others to make big purchases like plane tickets or a new TV, but what about those weekly purchases, maybe one that runs your vehicle? Gas prices are a constant roller coaster of high and low prices, but a new study is taking the guess-work out of when to fill up. [More]

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You Will Probably Never Pay Less Than $3 For A Gallon Of Gas Ever Again

Almost half of adults in this country think that gas is too expensive when it’s more than $3 per gallon, which means those people have some adjusting to do: AAA says the national average price of gasoline will be over that mark for the 1,000th consecutive day as of, well, today. And it’s probably going to stay that way for a very long time. [More]

How To Save Money On Gas: Real Tips And Persistent Myths

How To Save Money On Gas: Real Tips And Persistent Myths

Yeah, yeah, the best way to save money on gas is to get a more fuel-efficient car. That’s not always an option. What you can do is make some small changes to how you drive in order to maximize your fuel. Our colleagues over at Consumer Reports grabbed some cars and decided to figure out which minor changes to your driving work and which don’t. In? Take the bike rack off your roof. Out? Buying gas early in the morning because the air is cooler and you get more. [More]

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The Average Commuter Wasted $818 In Time & Money Sitting In Traffic In 2011

For anyone who sat in traffic last year and felt like your time and money was slowly sliding away as the minutes ticked by, you’re not alone. A new report says American commuters wasted more time and fuel in 2011 than the year before, averaging out to about $818 on average in 2011. [More]

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Americans Spent Highest Percentage Of Income In 30 Years On Fuel In 2012

Even though Americans are cutting down on how often they hit up the gas pump, as a country we’re paying a higher percentage of our incomes on gasoline than we have in the last 30 years. The Energy Department said in a new report that U.S. households shelled out an average of $2,912 last year for gas, or about 4% of their pretax income. [More]