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It's been a long time, friends and fans! Exactly 14 years ago today is when Jason Toews, now co-Founder of GasBuddy, started coding the website that would turn into GasBuddy.com. It has been a long journey, and very successful, thanks to the users who report prices and the members who continue participating.
It took Jason several weeks before GasBuddy hit the web, which occurred in June, 2000, with the launch of GasBuddy.com. It was first built for tracking prices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which now has it's own website: TwinCitiesGasPrices.com.
The site has seen many many changes, and prizes have evolved to the current $100 gas card daily prize from the quarterly prizes that had been awarded a decade ago. And while 14 years has brought many changes to our website and apps, our belief remains unchanged, and that is:
Give you control over what price you pay at the pump!
We will always keep that motto near and dear, and everything we do here will echo that principal- we're here to save you money, to give you the control to pay the price you want.
We wouldn't be here without each and everyone of you, and we're excited to see what the future holds, and discover other ways that we can save you money at the pump.
Florida judges may soon have another way to force drunken drivers to get clean and sober by making them have their breath tested twice a day instead of blowing into machines that keep their cars from starting.

The proposal, approved by a FL House committee last week, would allow judges to place repeat DUI offenders into a new program, known elsewhere as "24/7 Sobriety," instead of having ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles.

State law currently requires interlock devices for drivers with more than one DUI. Judges would have the discretion to order the devices as well as the 24/7 program.
The domestic energy boom in the U.S. could slow down considerably if officials listen to some geologists from Ohio.

Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said the state is now imposing new, stronger permit conditions for drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity. The new policies are in response to the finding of geologists researching recent seismic events in northeastern Ohio that show a probable connection to hydraulic fracturing near a previously unknown ‘microfault’.

New permits issued by ODNR for horizontal drilling within 3 miles of a known area of seismic activity greater than a 2.0 magnitude will now require companies to install seismic monitors. If those monitors detect a seismic event in excess of 1.0 magnitude, activities would pause while the cause is investigated. If the investigation reveals a probable connection to the hydraulic fracturing process known as 'fracking', all well completion operations will be suspended. What does that mean for other states?
The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States today.

Here are some highlights:

CRUDE INVENTORIES:
Crude oil inventories increased by 3.5 million barrels to a total of 397.7 million barrels. At 397.7 million barrels, inventories are 9.1 million barrels above last year (2.3%) and are well above the average range for this time of year.

GASOLINE INVENTORIES:
Gasoline inventories decreased by 0.3 million barrels to 210.0 million barrels. At 210.0 million barrels, inventories are down 7.8 million barrels, or 3.6% lower than one year ago. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (-0.1mb); Midwest (+0.5mb); Gulf Coast (-0.4mb); Rockies (-0.2mb); and West Coast (-0.1mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).

DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:
Distillate inventories increased by 1.2 million barrels to a total of 111.9 million barrels. At 111.9 million barrels, inventories are now down 2.8 million barrels, or 2.4% lower vs. a year ago.
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Today marks the 44th anniversary of the start of a movement to clean and protect the environment of the United States. The Clean Air Act of 1970 was a huge step forward in cleaning up so much that was wrong with environmental policy decades ago.

The result is profound, especially when it comes to air pollution: huge reductions of pollution from burning gasoline and diesel. Had the Clean Air Act not been established, we could be looking at pollution clouds, smog, and health impacts for millions, but instead, as I write this in my Chicago office, the sky is a deep blue and I can see for dozens of miles.

Today, the type of gasoline we buy and how clean it is depends on where you are and how many cars are on the roads in those areas. Many major cities use reformulated gasoline that burns far cleaner. For those areas that don't require the strict reformulated gasoline, they still use a cleaner version of gasoline, depending on pollution levels. All areas across the country switch to cleaner fuels in summer, but how clean varies.
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The Georgia Department of Transportation is cautioning political candidates and campaigns not to place signs on rights of way. Signs that are found on rights of way will be removed by Georgia DOT maintenance crews. There's an important message here...

Georgia law stipulates that the Department is required to maintain a safe roadway for the traveling public, which includes the immediate removal of any obstruction or hazard that may pose a threat to motorists. Any sign along Georgia’s state routes and interstates must meet safety standards and be permitted by Georgia DOT to be within our right of way.

Typically, the most frequent offenders are signs that advertise yard sales, real estate for sale and/or political candidates placed improperly state property adjacent to our roads. None of those types of signs are allowed and will be removed. Is your state just as diligent?
A Ford executive hinted last week that a new infotainment system will eventually replace the much criticized and sometimes confusing MyFord Touch screen that has dragged down the company’s performance in quality surveys.

“There are software limitations with the current system that we want to break through so we can offer more capability,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum. “Like anything with technology, there is a lot of evolution in capability, speed, memory, all kinds of things.”
Another miserable week at the pump for motorists across the nation as the U.S. national average continues to move higher. The national average added 2.3 cents per gallon since last week, and stands at $3.63/gallon, or 12.1 cents per gallon higher than last year.

Areas of the East Coast have seen some of the worst pain in the last week- New Jersey and Delaware saw prices jump 9 cents per gallon, while Washington, Oregon, and Kentucky saw prices jump 7 cents per gallon.

The Rockies still hold on to some of the cheapest gasoline prices across the country this morning, with Utah at $3.35/gal, Montana at $3.38/gal, Idaho at $3.39/gal, New Mexico at $3.39/gal, and Wyoming at $3.40/gal.
Kia Motors said it will start building a battery-powered version of its Soul compact in Korea next month. The car will be Hyundai-Kia's first battery-powered EV export, with destinations including the United States and Europe.

For this year, the global sales target is 5,000 Soul EVs. In Korea, the Soul EV will cost about half of its 42 million won ($39,400) price tag after government subsidies, similar to the higher-end model of the gasoline version, Reuters reports.

The car can run up to 148 km (92 miles) per 24- to 33-minute fast charge or 4 hours on slow charge.
Motorists in Illinois should beware: a transportation advocacy group wants to raise your gasoline taxes, and if it happens, you can bet retailers would be forced to pass it on to you in the form of higher gasoline prices.

According to the Northwest Herald, the group wants to hike motor fuel taxes by 4 cents a gallon to fund a new road-building program that would replace a $31 billion, five year program that terminates this year.

Gas station and convenience store owners are expectedly livid. “This tax, as a retailer, would be pushed to the consumer. We as retailers live in penny profits and cannot afford to absorb this tax,” said Amy Chronister Ridley, vice president of Chronister Oil and Qik n EZ Convenience Stores, which operate in the Springfield area.
April is the official kickoff of the highway construction season, and in Ohio that means 936 separate projects begin across the state, costing a combined $2.5 billion.

Cuyahoga County has the lion's share of investment in ODOT's three-county District 12, with $690 million in construction, a number that includes both new Inner Belt bridges.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, some $65 million in Lake County construction includes a major repaving project on Interstate 90. In Geauga County, ODOT is spending $29 million on four road resurfacing jobs, one minor road rehabilitation and one culvert project.
In a presentation at the annual Emerging Issues Forum, Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante called on ethanol supporters to not only defend the federal Renewable Fuel Standard but to move beyond it by capitalizing on the economic, energy supply, environmental and health benefits of ethanol in mid- and high-level blends including E85.

Durante told attendees at the 9th Annual Ethanol Forum that the obsession with RFS volumes has distracted the industry from pursuing other, often higher values that are not bound by the RFS. The key to capturing that value he said is using ethanol in flex fuel vehicles.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took a close look recently at mid-sized SUVs. What they found may discourage you. The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are the only midsize SUVs out of nine evaluated to earn a "good" rating in the small overlap front crash test.

The 2014 Honda Pilot was "the worst performer in this group," said the IIHS. The 2014 Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9 also earned a "poor" rating.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer earned a "marginal" rating. What happened?
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When the 2015 Hyundai Genesis goes on sale later this spring, it will offer an ambitious new telematics and customer service program with it.

The system, which is the second generation of Hyundai’s Blue Link connectivity, will include smartphone apps for remote start and other functions, Google speech recognition and web searches for navigation points of interest. GM is also going in this direction; switching to 4G to add features and increase speed this summer, representing the next big step for in-car communications and connectivity.

“This is where the technology is going,” said IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley. “It’s not just about streaming Pandora (Internet radio) in your car. It’s becoming how you’ll get information and find out your car needs service. It’s evolving from a shiny toy into a real tool that makes the driver’s life better.”
The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States today.

Here are some highlights:

CRUDE INVENTORIES:
Crude oil inventories increased by 10.0 million barrels to a total of 394.1 million barrels. At 394.1 million barrels, inventories are 6.5 million barrels above last year (1.7%) and are above the average range for this time of year.

GASOLINE INVENTORIES:
Gasoline inventories decreased by 0.2 million barrels to 210.3 million barrels. At 210.3 million barrels, inventories are down 11.4 million barrels, or 5.2% lower than one year ago. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+0.3mb); Midwest (+1.1mb); Gulf Coast (-0.7mb); Rockies (+0.3mb); and West Coast (-0.9mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).

DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:
Distillate inventories decreased by 1.3 million barrels to a total of 111.9 million barrels. At 111.9 million barrels, inventories are now down 3.3 million barrels, or 2.8% lower vs. a year ago.
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