Tracking Fuel Costs

A few links that track gas prices and other related items (via the WSJ): — A database-driven
site that allows users to search for the lowest prices across the country;
depends on "spotters" to supply data. — A nationwide site
that aggregates data from 170 local gasoline-price Web sites operated by
GasBuddy, such as or — This site
offers links for price information on a state-by-state basis, which drills down
into lists of city links. — A consumer-based site that
depends on drivers to submit data on where to find the cheapest gasoline around
the country.
Fuel Cost Calculator — This site
estimates the amount and cost of gasoline needed to complete vacation trips,
based on current prices from AAA’s daily online Fuel Gauge Report, as well as
the latest highway fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection


Surge in Gasoline Prices Spark Dire Comparisons and Forecasts
WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE, August 31, 2005 2:17 p.m.,,SB112548899289227717,00.html

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  1. Andy Nardone commented on Aug 31

    Just filled up, $2.69 for regular at Exxon in north Jersey. However, I passed another Exxon and two budget stations, the latter two always being the cheapest, that were already at $2.99 regular. And this is in one of the states with relatively low gas taxes. Too bad they don’t make my full size Yukon in a hybrid!

  2. Thijs commented on Aug 31

    It’s quite interesting to see how low the gas prices are in the USA and how much people are already complaining. I have to think of your article a while ago about those big SUV’s where people pay over $100 to fill up the tank.

    In the Netherlands we pay 1,493 euro per liter Super. That’s 5,65 euro per liter or $6,90/gallon !

    The people in the USA are spoiled by low prices and shouldnt complain till they reach $7/gallon

  3. Thijs commented on Sep 1

    Update, today we are paying over 1.50 euro/liter!
    That’s very close to $7/gallon. I cannot understand what US residents are complaining about!

  4. royce commented on Sep 1

    Just curious: how many miles do you drive a year? Many families in the U.S., will drive about 30-40 thousand miles this year between two or three cars, with some even more than that. That’s 1,000-2,000 or more gallons of fuel consumed depending on the vehicles involved, which takes a decent chunk of disposable income out of their pockets when gas prices shoot up.

  5. Thijs commented on Sep 1

    Ofcourse distances do come into play, but I think more important is that American cars are not designed to be fuel-efficient (so that would mean you use even more fuel/mile) on the other hand American wages are also higher (at least GDP is higher) so this offsets it to the other end. I have no idea how all these factors play out eventually. More fuel-efficient cars + higher taxes on fuel would be a nice start :)

  6. matt commented on Sep 10

    Have you been to America? If you had, you’d see several things: One, we don’t have the faaabulous public transport that most of the rest of the world has, so we are forced to drive to work and to shopping and on vacations. Two, because autos have historically been plentiful, neighborhoods grew, over many years, far away from city centers, because commuting was so easy and cheap. Three, we do not have the dizzying choices that the rest of the world has when it comes to buying fuel efficient vehicles. It’s not that we won’t buy them, it’s that you won’t sell them! Where are all the 60mpg Renaults and Fiats? These companies bail out because they don’t know how to market to Americans! (Stick a Nissan badge on a Renault and watch them fly out of the showroom. Oh, they already did!) Four, our government are idiots. In my opinion, if they want to encourage their usage, public transport should be free, being paid for by motorist taxes and tolls. However, they would never be able to cope with the increase in usage. Or scrutiny! My 10-year-old Mercedes C220 get’s 30mpg on premium, which comes to a little over 12 cents per mile. That adds up to over $60 per month more just to get to and from work than it cost me just a month or two ago! And, did I see this difference in my pay? No, so you see, just because we don’t have it as “bad” as you, doesn’t mean there isn’t room to complain!

  7. Angels commented on Sep 16

    It’s really a wonder to me how people can say. “We are paying much more than you, why are you complaining”…

    Because we complain, we don’t have to pay the prices you have bowed down to.

    Unfortunately, because of the lack of conscientiousness here in the states, we just might be paying $7.00 or even higher. As much as the Big Oil companies can get away with and stuff in their pockets.

    What we should be ticked off about is MILK! It’s far higher than gasoline and all the Dairy Farmers have to do is feed them and put them in a milking machine. The cows do their own producing with only get hay as pay for it.

    Now look at the oil companies. There is a lot more involved with making CLEAN gasoline from oil sludge.
    Yes, either milk is way to high, or gas is way too cheap.

    Let’s go after the Dairy Farmers….

    Have a good day.

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