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]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Californians are known to love eating all kinds of crunchy healthy things like seaweed and algae smoothies made with 100% organic bioprocessed yada yada, but now they’re even putting the green stuff into their gas tanks. It’s all part of a month-long test to see whether a new fuel made from 20% algae and 80% petroleum could work out, and subsequently pose a real threat to Big Oil. [More]
If you’ve been following the news at all in the last week, you know that gas has been a coveted product on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Storm survivors have been dependent on it to power their generators and drivers have been lining up for hours to fill their vehicles. One New Jersey gas station was happy to serve fuel-hungry customers, but made the unfortunate mistake of serving up gasoline mixed with diesel fuel. Total buzzkill. [More]
Desperate times call for desperate measures. But there are certain things that need to be done correctly, even in the light of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy. While drivers on the East Coast have been stuck with long lines at the pump to fuel up cars and get gas for generators, police say one man went about gassing up the entirely wrong way. [More]
BP’s infamous oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico might have been prevented had the company not offered incentives to workers to cut costs rather than improve safety. A 16-months-in-the-making government report concluded that there were five instances in which BP either cut costs, decreased drilling time or increased risks.
Sometimes gas siphoning thieves are found when they accidentally get gas in their mouths when trying to initiate the transfer from a gas tank to their canisters. This one was caught after the gas station owner got suspicious about the minivan sitting on his lot. When police arrived, they opened the doors to find a generator-powered vacuum slurping up 250 gallons of diesel from the station’s tanks into the plastic drums inside the retrofitted van.