The AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report (http://www.aaafuelgaugereport.com
) will begin posting updated prices seven days per week starting this weekend. AAA began posting localized, up-to-date fuel information on the Internet in 2000, and now has three Web sites devoted to fuel issues. Many AAA clubs link to these sites from http://www.aaa.com
. The Daily Fuel Gauge Report has been in operation since 2000. That site--an extension of the reports AAA has issued in some form since the 1970s--was designed to help the media and local AAA clubs track the rising or falling cost of fuel at the national, state and local levels each business day for use in news reports. It averages prices paid at more than 80,000 gas stations across the country and posts national, state and local averages for each of the major grades of gasoline. In August of this year, when fuel prices began moving toward $3 per gallon, hits to this site increased by 231 percent over the previous month. Launched last year, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator - http://www.aaafuelcostcalculator.com
- helps users understand and budget for the amount of fuel they are likely to use on a long-distance trip. After entering destination and origination points, as well as information about the vehicle being driven, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator uses prices collected for the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report to calculate the cost of fuel for the trip, the miles that will be driven and the amount of fuel that will be needed. Visits to this site typically average about 20,000 per day. However, in one day just prior to the busy Labor Day holiday weekend the site recorded more than 196,000 visits. AAA's fuel price information Web sites are based on data from Oil Price Information Service, the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information. AAA and OPIS collaborate on the design of AAA's fuel price Web sites and AAA purchases the data from OPIS and makes it available free on the Internet as a public service.