Gasoline in the USA
From 1998 to 2004, the price of gasoline fluctuated between $1 and $2 USD per U.S. gallon. After 2004, the price increased until the average gas price reached a high of $4.11 per U.S. gallon in mid-2008, but receded to approximately $2.60 per U.S. gallon by September 2009. More recently, the U.S. experienced an upswing in gas prices through 2011, and by 1 March 2012, the national average was $3.74 per gallon.
In the United States, most consumer goods bear pre-tax prices, but gasoline prices are posted with taxes included. Taxes are added by federal, state, and local governments. As of 2009, the federal tax is 18.4? per gallon for gasoline and 24.4? per gallon for diesel (excluding red diesel). Among states, the highest gasoline tax rates, including the federal taxes as of 2005, are New York (62.9?/gal), Hawaii (60.1?/gal), and California (60?/gal). However, many states' taxes are a percentage and thus vary in amount depending on the cost of the gasoline.
About 9% of all gasoline sold in the US in May 2009 was premium grade, according to the Energy Information Administration. Consumer Reports magazine says, "If (your owner?s manual) says to use regular fuel, do so?there?s no advantage to a higher grade." The Associated Press said premium gas?which is a higher octane and costs more per gallon than regular unleaded?should be used only if the manufacturer says it is "required". Cars with turbocharged engines and high compression ratios often specify premium gas because higher octane fuels reduce the incidence of "knock", or fuel pre-detonation. The price of gas varies during the summer and winter months.
How to guard against trouble on the road?
Many people have a profession that requires long travel. Often die out as a means of transport in such a situation the car - it allows to reach on time to the customer and, of course, leaves a certain freedom, because you can always stop when you just feel tired. However, business travel has come into effect and does not cause any delay is necessary to the proper preparation of the car. If you are on the road a fault occurs, it will be difficult to find a mechanic, and thus lose valuable time. Regular service cars, and most of all to verify its efficiency during long routes is therefore a necessity.
Is it worth it to give the car to a mechanical plant?
Repair workshop? This is certainly the most popular way to deal with technical problems on our cars. But we can always be sure that the repair goes as it should, and does not appear at this unforeseen problems? Of course not. That is why we should always use a reputable, proven workshop, which will guarantee us that made their work will be reliable and safe for our car. Only such places can make our car back on the road quickly, so sometimes you might even want to pay more for a decent service than to give yourself additional problems.