Last year when we started this journey, one tank of diesel cost us somewhere around $80. This year, the pump shuts off at $99, and we have to slide our credit card again, for another $22 or so in fuel. Today, I just heard that prices are going up another 25 cents per gallon in the next few days.
I’m glad we’ll be workamping in Lake City Colorado during the so-called “peak driving season.” Maybe prices will stabilize after summer, when we hit the road again (one can always hope, right?). But if you’re on the road now, here are a couple of websites that can help you find the best prices in your area.
MSN’s gas price lookup map by zip code.
If you know what ZIP code you’re in, MSN’s site will display a map with gas prices in your area (if you’re in a strange place and don’t know your ZIP, you can look it up here). MSN’s map feature is great, but the downside is that it doesn’t show price differences between regular unleaded, supreme, etc. And it also doesn’t have diesel prices.
My preference is GasBuddy.com, an easy way to lookup high and low gas and diesel prices without having to know your zip code. The downside is that it won’t find prices in small towns.
And finally, if you’re a masochist (or just a realist) and want to budget for even higher fuel prices in the future, check out the KOA Fuel Cost Estimator. This tool also allows you to estimate fuel costs for specific distances traveled.
Now I’m scared.
UPDATE: The MSN gas price lookup tool is apparently gone. Below are a few other tools that have since become available.