Anyone not driving a hybrid has felt the sting of skyrocketing gas prices lately. According to AAA, the current national unleaded average is $3.09 per gallon. Compare that price to a year ago - only $2.23 per gallon. Not only does the price of gas affect our daily lives (now it costs TJ and me more to run our weekly errands), but it also affects trip-planning. With Thanksgiving here, driving to Grandma's never looked so pricey. Here are two websites to help you find the cheapest gas on your route.
- AAA Gas Price Finder allows you to enter an address and intersection, and a search area of 3, 5, or 10 miles. It then provides you with the addresses of the cheapest gas around, along with the respective prices. According to their website, AAA Gas Finder uses information from credit card transactions, derived from more than 85,000 outlets around the country to find the most affordable gas stations.
- GasBuddy.com lets you search by zip code or city in the United States and Canada to help you find cheap gas prices in your city.
One especially cool feature that both of these websites have- if you don't happen to know where the Chevron Station at 3849 Browns Mill Road is off the top of your head, there is a map feature that shows you the exact location.
Because fuel prices can vary by 20-30 cents per gallon or more within a small area, it really is worth it for motorists to shop around before they get in the car to find the best deal on gas. And hey, you can use the money you've saved on gas for other things to help your ride to Grandma's go more smoothly, like a new Elmo's World DVD.