When I was young and broke I always paid attention to gas prices. It was something that I learned from my parents. They'd know where gas was the cheapest and drive a few miles out of the way, if necessary, in order to get it.
As I grew older and had more money in my pockets I stopped paying attention. Now I get gas where its most convenient and I hardly ever look at the price until I'm at the pump and already filling my tank. But if there was some way to know where the cheapest gas prices are without having to drive all over town comparing... now that would be something.
In that vein, I thought this new feature from Mapquest was pretty cool. Mapquest now lets you find and compare gas prices in your city, state or zip code.
I put in my zip code and got a quick list of the lowest 10.
To the left of this is a map (see below). The star is the center of my zip code and all the stations are numbered per the legend (above).
Yeah, we've got some of the highest gas prices in the country! Great tool, definitely useful to bargain hunters! I would like to see Mapquest add a feature that allows you to find the cheapest gas along a particular travel route. That would be a nice feature so you know where the best places to stop and get gas are along your way! But this is a great start.
Stoney deGeyter is the President of Pole Position Marketing, a leading search engine optimization and marketing firm helping businesses grow since 1998. Stoney is a frequent speaker at website marketing conferences and has published hundreds of helpful SEO, SEM and small business articles.
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Stoney has five wonderful children and spends his free time reviewing restaurants and other things to do in Canton, Ohio.
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