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September 14, 2005

Here's the situation: you have two gas stations to choose between for your fuel needs. One station is closer than the other, but the one that's further way is selling gas at a cheaper price than the station nearer you. Which station should you choose?

Yes, these are the kinds of questions we seek to answer here at Political Calculations(TM), or rather, the kinds of questions that we make tools for you to answer for your own needs! Enter the indicated data into the input fields of the tool below, click the "Calculate" button, and we'll do the math to figure out which station you should go to!

Vehicle Information
Input Data Values
City Mileage (miles per gallon)
Highway Mileage (miles per gallon)
Estimated Fuel Needed to Fill Tank (gallons)
Station 1 Information
Distance to Station 1 (miles)
Percentage of Highway Driving (%)
Fuel Price (\$USD per gallon)
Station 2 Information
Distance to Station 2 (miles)
Percentage of Highway Driving (%)
Fuel Price (\$USD per gallon)

Amount of Fuel Needed
Estimated Results Values
Gallons To Purchase at Station 1
Gallons to Purchase at Station 2
Fuel Costs
Total Fuel Cost at Station 1
Total Fuel Cost at Station 2
Preferred Station
Preferred Station

Perhaps the hardest thing in using this tool is estimating how many gallons are required to fill your tank. There's really no good way to do it, other than keeping track of how many gallons your vehicle needed in the past when your fuel gauge hit certain marks (1/2 full, 1/4 full, etc.) and using this figure to approximate how many gallons you will purchase.

Other than that, your vehicle's fuel consumption is the biggest question mark - again, it's best to go from your actual driving experience rather than using the figures published by the EPA, particularly if you drive a hybrid vehicle.

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