Got gas? Interesting fuel news

Feeling the pinch at the pump? Who isn’t? I just noticed prices went down today to about $4.00 a gallon from $4.15 or so.

SmartMoney lists nine ways to help save on fuel costs, including the no-brainers like slowing down and checking your tire pressure.

But here’s something interesting: some of the old-school gas pumps can’t charge more than $3.99/gallon because of the way they’re designed. Some stations have to charge so much for a half gallon. Weird. Check out the story at the New York Times. The government gives stores the go-ahead to charge by half gallons, “provided they can prove that they have ordered new pump computers that can handle prices up to $9.99 a gallon.”

Ten bucks a gallon?

1 Response to “Got gas? Interesting fuel news”

  1. 1 Mike Templeton June 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I just heard about some rural gas stations in Iowa with the same problem. The state government here ruled against charging by half-gallons and will instead be calculating the amount over $3.99 by hand inside the station.

    This problem with $3.99 gas pumps reminds me of 1999 when everyone was freaking out because the dates in computer programs only ran up to 12/31/99 and everyone was afraid we would plummet back to the 1900s when the clock struck midnight.

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