Hitting the road? Check gas prices online first

By Chuck Myers McClatchy-Tribune News Service

With warming temperatures and sunnier weather ahead, the hunt for the lowest gas prices will become a priority for motorists headed out to enjoy the warmer seasons.

A quick trip on the information highway, however, might save drivers some time and cash at the pump:

Automotive.com: Check gas prices in a specific area by state and county. www.automotive.com/gas-prices/index.html

FuelMeUp.com: Search for the lowest prices in an area by providing a city and state or ZIP code. www.fuelmeup.com

GasBuddy.com: Select a U.S. state or Canadian province to begin search for lowest local gas prices. www.gasbuddy.com

GasPriceWatch.com: Track gas prices by state and town, and examine gas price and crude oil price trends. www.gaspricewatch.com

U.S. Department of Energy: Interactive states map takes user to local links with gas price information. www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states/index.shtml

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