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 dishonest mechanic?
The best solution when it comes to servicing cars of choice is a trustworthy mechanic. It is not always possible, however, and often urgent need to repair our car brings us to the first workshop better. Therefore, the maintenance of cars is often very complicated process, and a relatively small portion of the users of cars are aware of this, as should proceed car repair easily become a victim of fraud. We can never be sure yet how much of the car has been mentioned, if you do not have enough knowledge on this topic. Therefore it is worth before going to the workshop to do some research on this type of service, for example, among family and friends.
Regular engine oil
Many drivers likes to independently perform most operations with your car and not due to any savings, but it is due to the fact that the appearance of the car has great importance to them. That is why from time to time manage Family washing the car, which is its vacuuming, taking out from the middle of all the rugs and decent scrubbing. The car is also cleaned from the outside, and finally by rinsing using a garden hose or buckets of warm water. In so doing, the driver also checks the engine oil level and complements the state if necessary. Sometimes he succeeds his passion for cars instill the sons, which becomes for him a source of immense satisfaction.