Online resources can save you money on gas
February 23, 2011 - Art Smith
Unrest in Libya this week has lead to some local “unrest” at the gas pump as area motorists experience pump shock caused by large increases in the price of fuel.
There are a variety of online websites that can help motorists determine where the best price is for gas. Since they all depend on the traveling public for their data, they are only as good as what has been reported.
The site uses a Google map with an overlay to display both the location and prices charged at area gas stations. Because prices change so often, the site displays question marks for a station if the prices are more than a few days old. Recent prices are reported along with the number of hours since the last update. Area is determined by ZIP code or city name. You can also simply zoom in on the map to find your area.
The site also has a useful section that gives tips for motorists wanting to improve their mileage.
Gasbuddy.com, which renames itself depending on what state you are viewing, is one of the more popular sources for online gas prices. The site is more cluttered than GasPricewatch.com, but it appears to have more current data on it, with most of the prices in Marietta for instance, being updated in the last 24 hours. The site also lists the current average price being paid in both the state and the nation. Area is determined by ZIP code or city name. Of the three listed here, I think it does the best job.
A much more bare bones site, FuelPrices.net uses the ZIP code or city to locate the fuel locations. The site is nice in that it reports the prices for all fuel types as well as the brand on one table. However, it listed the wrong town though when switching from one ZIP code to another, which make the site unreadable. It also doesn't display the source of its data.
Online sites such as these can save you both time and gas when it’s time for your next fill-up, just remember, the older the price, the greater the chance that it has already gone up.