2018 Gas Prices

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Johali, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Ours just jumped from $2.29 a gallon to $2.49 a gallon. I've tried to find out why but can't.
     
  2. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    $2.18 is the lowest I've seen around here.
     
  3. Bobw

    Bobw Team Owner

    $2.39
     
  4. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Just traveled to Ga. From Fla. 2.43 pretty much all over
     
  5. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    $2.33 here
     
  6. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    $2.81 here in my little world. Cross the state line in any direction for a big savings. I hate Pennsylvania's fuel prices. If you decide to cross our lovely state, buy yourself a shiny new five gallon gas can and fill it before you cross our borders. Your savings should offset the cost of the can.

    For those of you in and around the great state of New Jersey, I've got a fueling question. Apparently NJ has a law that prevents the self fueling of vehicles. There are attendants at all gas stations ready to top off your vehicle. Are you expected to tip these people? It feels very strange to pull into one of the gas stations only to have someone come to your window asking if you want regular or premium. I don't know if that law exists in any other states or not.
     
  7. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Haven't been through NJ in a long time, didn't know about that law....strange, umm why? Do you have high gas taxes in PA.?
     
  8. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I'm not sure why they do it in NJ but it's strange to have someone else fill your car when you're used to doing it.

    This info is a little dated, 2016, but it'll give you a general idea. Yeah, we bend over every time we fill up here in PA.

    State gas taxes vary widely. The highest state gas tax is assessed in Pennsylvania, at 50.4 cents per gallon, with Washington State (44.5 cpg) and New York (42.64 cpg) following closely behind. Alaska drivers pay the lowest rate in the country at 12.25 cents per gallon. These figures do not include the 18.4 cpg federal gas tax.

    https://taxfoundation.org/state-gasoline-tax-rates-2016/
     
  9. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Here's the most recent info from that same site for 2017. PA had an increase in state taxes of almost 8 cents/gal between 2016 & 2017. I don't know what the increase was going into 2018. The 2018 numbers should be published soon.

    This week’s map shows the gas tax rate in each state as of January 1, 2017, using data from the American Petroleum Institute. These taxes can vary widely. The highest state gas tax is assessed in Pennsylvania, at 58.2 cents per gallon, with Washington State (49.4 cpg) and Hawaii (44.39 cpg) following closely behind. Alaska drivers pay the lowest rate in the country at 12.25 cents per gallon. These figures do not include the 18.4 cpg federal gas tax.

    https://taxfoundation.org/state-gasoline-tax-rates-2017/
     
  10. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Damn that's about 20 correction 30 cents higher than Ma., you guys need to get on the horn with your reps and bitch, that's a extremely high tax.
     
  11. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Ma. Is 26 cents and I thought we were Taxachussetts.
     
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  12. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Lot's of voices but little listening. I'm sure you know how that is but that's more of a Podium topic. It's the pure definition of 'highway robbery'.
     
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  13. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Just you and Oregon
     
  14. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    I fail to see the purpose of such a law.
     
  15. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    yeah it seems a little dated.
     
  16. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    $3.23 around here.
     
  17. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I'm in PA. I was in NJ over the weekend. We go there or through there quite a bit for track and field events. I always try to fill up while I'm there before I head home because of the reduced prices compared to PA. It just feels odd as a non resident of that state to have someone perform that task for me.

    Many years ago, when I started driving, long before the mini mart type stations on almost every corner, the mom and pop stations all pumped our gas for us. We moved away from that when the mini mart stations started opening up. Now, we pump our gas almost everywhere we stop. There is still the occasional place around my location that will pump it for you but those are the remaining mom & pop stations.

    I kinda wondered about the tipping thing. I almost feel like I should be giving this attendant in NJ a $1 or something for the service. I don't know what the norm is and thought someone from NJ could chime in since they deal with this every day.
     
  18. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I worked my dad’s gas station when I was a kid. We pumped the gasoline, checked engine fluids, tire pressure and cleaned the front and rear glass.
     
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  19. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Same here at a Sinclair station up the street from us.
     
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  20. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Tipping a filling station attendant is not generally expected in the United States or Canada. ... Tipping is customary only if there are both full-serve and self-serve options at the station and the fuel is priced the same at both.Jun 27, 2015

    https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/50167/should-i-tip-at-full-serve-gas-stations
     
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  21. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Thankfully the practice of tipping is not customary down here.
     
  22. Clutch is correct.... my son lives in Portland Oregon and he says it's a law there...... I had never heard of it before.......
     
  23. Just talked to my son....... I guess as of Jan. 1 2018........ only the counties with a large population adhere to that..... the rural areas are free to pump their own....... o_O
     
  24. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I just flew up to Seattle last December to drive a car I bought back to southern Ca and when I stopped for gas in Oregon the attendant pumped the gas for me...I didn't mind him pumping the gas because it was cold and snowing.:)
     
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  25. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Having been born and raised in New Jersey and with investments and family living there, here's the deal. New Jersey and Oregon were the only two states that required an attendant to pump gas. Oregon has since repealed that law and New Jersey is the only state where you are not permitted, by state law, to pump your own gas. Tipping is not necessary or, at least is not something anyone I know of, does.

    Having lived in North Carolina and now Florida the past twenty years, on a recent visit to "The Garden State", I tried to pump my own gas strictly out of habit but was quickly informed it was a no-no.

    While I'm at it, just a wee bit of a knowledge to enlighten those who think New Jersey is another exit on the turnpike. New Jersey is a very diversified state. It is the most heavily populated state in the nation yet has some of the most beautiful and rural countryside anywhere. Its tallest peak, High Point, is 1803 feet above sea level and overlooks the meeting of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York States. It goes from mountains and valleys to some of the best Atlantic Beaches on the east coast and ranges from those beaches to large truck farms in southern counties with cranberry bogs and blueberry patches.

    Anyone visiting the state should take the time to look at Sussex (home to a Playboy Club in the seventies), Warren and Hunterdon Counties along the Delaware River and to Cape May on the end tip across the bay from Delaware for beautiful vistas of the Atlantic.
    Mountains to seashore, that is New Jersey. The rest, meh, not so much.
    Thank you for reading this travelogue from someone who has occasional regrets of the beautiful parts of "The Garden State" although short in duration but filled with many happy memories.
     
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  26. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Our new 'base-camp' when traveling to New York is Parsippany, NJ. It's a fairly close distance for us to go into New Your City or Staten Island from that location. We travel into that area on I80. That area just west of Parsippany, the Delaware Water Gap, separating PA from NJ, is awesome with the ice that is jammed up right now. We stopped there this past weekend. The noise is incredible coming from the ice buildup on the Delaware River.
     
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  27. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    When you go to the Allamuchy rest area by that exit on I-80, it is designated one of the ten most scenic views of the U.S. length of I-80. My businesses were located in Hackettstown and my childhood home was Sussex Borough. Many of the farms you see in Sussex and Warren Counties are in Farmland Preservation meaning they can never be developed but must always be used in an agricultural pursuit.
     
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  28. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Here is a view of the Delaware Water Gap taken from Hope Road by Jenny Jump State Park. As the crow flies, it is about ten miles.

    IMG_0649.jpg
     
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  29. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    It ain't nowhere near that green these days. ;)
     
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  30. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    It went up from $2.49 to $2.62 over the weekend.
     
  31. Bobw

    Bobw Team Owner

    Refinery's 'closed' for maintenance
    or
    switching over to 'summer' blends
    or
    Just because we can,,,,,,,,,,

    The big hit, 'summer driving season' is right around the corner and will be here soon.
     
  32. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Ours went up in increments from $2.29 eight days ago to $2.63 this morning.
     
  33. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Gas is $2.85 - $2.95 round my area. $2.39 just across the state line in Ohio.

    Diesel is $3.49. $2.99 just across the line.
     
  34. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It's gone from $2.19 to $2.51 in the past couple weeks here. Brutal.

    And it's not even summer, when gas prices normally go up.
     
  35. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    2.59.9 today in lake Placid, Fl.
     
  36. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger Go Kyle Go

    3.39 for a few weeks in Madison WI
     
  37. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I'll be going up that way this summer. :D
     
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  38. dadair6

    dadair6 Crew Chief

    Having lived in Michigan I was used to gas prices changing daily, if not multiple times during the day. Since moving to Georgia four years ago it's nice to have consistent prices that change maybe once a week and its usually a penny or two. Been at $2.45 for a couple weeks now.
     
  39. shark77

    shark77 Grab'n them by the *****!

    Weak dollar.
     
  40. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger Go Kyle Go

    Sweet
     
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