2012 proved to be a year of ever-rising and fluctuating fuel prices, especially in California. In early October, the average price hit a record high of $4.67 per gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That was $0.85 higher than the national average, at the time. Some stations in the Golden State charged more than $5/gallon.
One round of the high prices, during late Fall, was blamed on oil refinery and pipelines having challenges delivering the fuel to sites. Some stations dealt with the shortage by rationing fill-ups, some reduced prices offered to consumers, lowering profits, and some just shut the doors.
Fortunately, for California drivers, Governor Brown was sympathetic in his response. “I am directing the Air Resources Board to immediately take whatever steps are necessary to allow an early transition to winter-blend gasoline.” He stated that “Gas prices in California have risen to their highest levels ever, with unacceptable cost impacts on consumers and small businesses.”
Unable to wait for prices to drop back to the normal rate, thieves in Northern California stole approximately 1,000 gallons of gas, three separate times, using a special tank in the back of a pickup truck.
With a Green GPS tracking solution, you do not have to go to such extremes as those alleged thieves to save money on fuel. A Green GPS tracking system offers all the mapping, dispatching, and navigation benefits of a fleet GPS tracking system, plus it monitors and reports driver behaviors. Combining GPS tracking with better driving can help your company save money without resorting to extremes.
Source: http://business.time.com/2012/10/08/so-much-for-cheaper-gas-pump-prices-go-haywire-in-california; Photo: http://primetrailerleasing.com/blog/2011/03/14/rising-fuel-prices-and-their-effect-on-the-transportation-industry