Things have changed a lot since I was driving across the country, or occasionally flying to a new destination and renting a car. I knew there’d be a gas station up ahead, and had a pretty good idea what prices would be when I stopped at the pump.
My, how things have changed. There are more fuel choices, and a trip to the MapQuest Gas Prices website will show you what I mean.
Not only will you be able to find out what fuel is available at your destination, but where you can find it and the cost. If you’re driving from one point to another, MapQuest has a Gas Price Calculator that allows you to input the length of your trip and the price of gasoline when you get there and fill-up. Add in the miles per gallon your car gets and you get an estimate of what the trip will cost in terms of fuel.
Pretty nifty, huh? You can browse by State and City, or browse by fuel types by state and then pick the city. Once there, you can drag to Pan Maps and Aerial Images.
For the alternative fuels market, you’ll find where to buy biodiesel, E-85 Ethanol, or electric plug-in stations in case you have a plug-in hybrid or choose to rent an electric car. They also include the different natural gas options too, CNG, LNG or LPG.
The site is updated seven times a day, and the prices aren’t always what they seem. Some stations fail to update their prices so MapQuest removes any price older than 48 hours.
Even if you aren’t traveling, this is a fun site. I’ve checked out my home town in Illinois and other places just to see what fuels are available and the prices.