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Review and Road Test: Google Maps Now Estimates Toll Costs for Your Road Trip – How Well Does it Work?

Review and Road Test: Google Maps Now Estimates Toll Costs for Your Road Trip – How Well Does it Work?

Especially in today’s climate with gas prices that are almost double that of one year ago, every penny counts and Google has made it easier to pick the least costly route to a destination in terms of tolls.
This is in addition to a long-standing feature that shows the most fuel-efficient …

Staycations Are In (Again): Record High Fuel Prices Cause Travelers to Rethink Summer Plans

Staycations Are In (Again): Record High Fuel Prices Cause Travelers to Rethink Summer Plans

Travelers are rethinking their plans for the summer and, for a third year in a row, considering a staycation, albeit due to the high cost of fuel, not the pandemic.
While the pandemic is still a major issue in the United States, with significantly rising case figures and a sixth wave …

Rising Oil Prices Cause Surge at the Pump, Setting New Records

Rising Oil Prices Cause Surge at the Pump, Setting New Records

The price for a gallon (3.79 liters) of gasoline in the United State as of Tuesday is $4.37, up almost $0.15 over the past week, and has climbed 47% from a year ago.
Tuesday’s figure eclipses the all-time high set on March 11, when the cost per gallon was $4.33, according …

Gas Prices in U.S. Slowly But Surely Begin to Fall

Gas Prices in U.S. Slowly But Surely Begin to Fall

The average price motorists in the United States are paying for gas is slowly declining from recent all-time highs, not adjusted for inflation.
The average cost of a gallon of regular-grade gas at the pump at the start of the week was $4.17, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information …

As the Cost of Diesel Fuel Soars, The Cost of Goods and Services Will Follow

As the Cost of Diesel Fuel Soars, The Cost of Goods and Services Will Follow

While gas prices in the United States and abroad have been setting new records, it is the price of diesel fuel that is rippling through the global supply chain.
The average cost of a gallon of diesel fuel is currently $5.19 in the United States, up almost 45% from 33.61 in …

Average Price Per Gallon of Gas Crosses $4 Mark, Highest Cost Since 2008

Average Price Per Gallon of Gas Crosses $4 Mark, Highest Cost Since 2008

The price drivers are paying for a gallon of regular gasoline at the pump is at the highest level since 2008.
The Automobile Association of America reported on Sunday that the average cost per gallon was now over $4, as did GasBuddy, a site that tracks such information.
The price of premium …

Remember the Tricolor! Car Carrier with Audis, Porsches, and VWs is Ablaze in the North Atlantic

Remember the Tricolor!  Car Carrier with Audis, Porsches, and VWs is Ablaze in the North Atlantic

If your Audi, Bentley, Porsche, or Volkswagen was on the high seas en route to the United States, it may be very, very late, if it arrives at all, that is.
The vehicle carrier Felicity Ace, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines of Japan, is currently ablaze on the North Atlantic approximately …

Apple Introduces Enhanced Maps to CarPlay In-Vehicle Infotainment System

Apple Introduces Enhanced Maps to CarPlay In-Vehicle Infotainment System

Apple released the latest version its Apple CarPlay Maps app Monday.  CarPlay is Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
The update is included in the release of iOS 15.2.
With the upgrade, CarPlay Maps gains enhanced detail for multiple cities including London, Los Angeles, New …

Apple AirTags Linked to Auto Thefts

Apple AirTags Linked to Auto Thefts

Authorities in Canada are warning that car thieves are using Apple AirTags to track and steal highly-desirable vehicles.
Police officials in York, a large district in Toronto, issued a news release warning of the trend, saying they had uncovered at least five vehicles stolen via this method since September.
“Investigators with the …

States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

As Hurricane Henri made its way to landfall in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City, Long Island, and numerous counties on the mainland, a move echoed by Governors Ned Lamont and Daniel McKee in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.
“New Yorkers are no …

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Electra, the Ford Taurus, and even the Lincoln Continental. But car buyers began to reject sedans in favor of crossovers and gone were these models with the stroke of a pen, along with Acura RLX, the …

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

The price of oil settled at a two-year after OPC and its allies said they would maintain the current output plan amidst a forecast of higher demand.
Brent crude, the is the leading global price benchmark for Atlantic basin crude oils, rose 1.3% to $70.25 a barrel, its highest close since …