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Gas prices: ugh.If, like most Americans, you drive to work, you've
no doubt felt the pinch at the pump. I don't know about you, but it
pains me deeply to put $50, $60, even $70 into my gas tank every
week. (And my wife fills up even more often.)Needless to say, you
should always look for the station with the cheapest gas. Even if
you save only 10 or 20 cents per gallon every time you fill up, it
adds up.Ah, but how can you make sure you're getting the best
price? Maybe there's a station just around the corner that costs 15
cents less?There's an app for that: GasBuddy. Gas prices: ugh.If,
like most Americans, you drive to work, you've no doubt felt the
pinch at the pump. I don't know about you, but it pains me deeply
to put $50, $60, even $70 into my gas tank every week. (And my wife
fills up even more often.)Needless to say, you should always look
for the station with the cheapest gas.
While there isn’t much you can do about the rising cost of gasoline, there are plenty of ways to save money on gas by changing some simple habits. Just by making a few of these adjustments, you will notice that you’re putting less gas in your car and saving money on the gas you buy. Fill up at the Right Time of DayIf you buy your gas in the middle of a hot day, the gas begins to evaporate as soon as you start pumping. Plan to fill up in the early morning or the evening so you more of
Rising oil prices are great news if you’re Exxon Mobil, but not so much for the rest of us. And, while those of us who drive regularly were hoping that the cost of hybrid cars would drop, it instead looks like car manufacturers are moving away from hybrid cars altogether. What’s a cost-conscious commuter to do? Photo courtesy of Nicolas Vigier, via Flickr. It might be little consolation that hybrid cars are only arguably cheaper in the long run. Many have noted that the high initial cost
Photo courtesy of Mike Kalasnik, via FlickrIf you’re like me, you change your car’s motor oil religiously. The “Every Three Thousand Miles or Every Three Months (Whichever Comes First)” standard might as well have been carved into slabs and hand-delivered by Moses.And, if you’re like me, you’ve been doing it wrong this whole time. According to experts, and a campaign by the state of California, car owners have been misled for years. Most cars can go longer than
Image courtesy of sontag1 via FlickrIf you live in southern California, you’ve no doubt heard about next weekend’s “Carmageddon,” when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for construction. From July 15th through 17th, the 405 North will be closed between the 10 and the 101. Los Angeles area residents aren’t too optimistic about the impending freeway closure, which you’ve probably surmised from the fact that we jumped to the Armageddon comparison
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