With Memorial Day weekend upon us and summer just around the corner, experts say that record-high gasoline prices are likely to continue through the summer season. However, by utilizing some great online resources, you can reduce the impact of these increases on your budget.
GasBuddy.com provides comprehensive listings of gas prices by geographic area… simply plug in your zip code and see up-to-date prices for stations in your area and save several cents per gallon with each fill-up.
GasPriceWatch.com is another source of price comparison by area. Its display of gas station locations on a customizable Google Map is especially handy for travelers.
Automotive.com reports current gas prices by state, county, and city, as well as providing an easy way to display national or local gas prices on your website.
MapQuest Gas Prices displays lowest current pricing with locations on a customizable map.
While saving a few cents per gallon can really add up to substantial savings, some people will undoubtedly want to make bigger changes such as buying a new car to improve gas mileage. The internet can be a great tool for comparison of gas-electric hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, the Honda Civic Hybrid, and the Smart ForTwo which is scheduled to be available in the US in early 2008. Those with deeper pockets may want to line up for the all-electric Tesla Roadster, a very sharp-looking sports car that does not sacrifice performance and does not require stops at any gas pump.