The Most Annoying Thing About Gas Stations in Maine

Gas prices are the highest ever

When talking about the most annoying part of gas supply in Maine – and quite honestly, anywhere right now – the first thing that may come to mind is, of course, gas prices. gasoline. Over the past week, gasoline prices have risen disgustingly.

Over a three-day period in New Hampshire last week, gasoline prices at various stations between the Seacoast region and the southern part of the state rose from about $3.43 per gallon over $4.00. Likewise in Portland, just down the street from I-295, in the past five days a gas station has gone from $3.50 a gallon to over $4.20.

It’s not just northern New England feeling the burn, as gasoline prices in Los Angeles are reportedly approaching and in some cases over $7.00 a gallon right now, according to ABC 7.

That said, when it comes to the most annoying thing about gas stations in Maine right now, when high prices are definitely about to take over that number one role, there’s a something else that can win out (at least for the next few minutes before prices go up another 50 cents/gallon at the end of this article):

Gas clamps disappeared from Maine

Over the past six months or so in Maine, more and more gas clamps are disappearing. In fact, it’s entirely possible to say that there are no more gas stations in the 207 that have clips attached to their gas pumps. Which is confusing, considering our southern neighbors in New Hampshire have them everywhere.

If you’re wondering, “What the hell are you talking about?” What is a fuel clip? — you to know what we mean. That little notched clip that lets you hold the handle in place and pump your full tank of gas hands-free, while you keep them warm in your pocket, send a text message or two, or run around inside the gas station store. fast to try to become a millionaire with a Powerball ticket.

… Massachusetts became one of the last states to legalize gas tongs on January 1, 2015.

Regardless of all the research and Google searches that have been done, there is absolutely zero information on why the gas clamps went missing in Maine. No law has been found stating that the clips are illegal, although ironically, a 2015 issue of the Boston Globe mentioned that Massachusetts became one of the last states to legalize gas tongs on January 1, 2015.

Static electricity at the gas pump could be a problem

In the same Boston Globe articleit has been mentioned that the reason gasoline tongs became illegal in the 1970s in Mass was due to the possibility of static electricity igniting gasoline vapors when customers placed the handle against the clamp and returned to inside their car to warm up while they were refueling.

And, as the show Mythbusters proves, static electricity can indeed cause a gas pump fire.

Combine the risk of static electricity with also the risk of a possible gas spill if the pump is left unattended and the gas clamp does not disengage properly when the vehicle’s tank is full, and it seems the safety being the main reason to ditch the gas clamps.

Whatever logic says, doesn’t necessarily make it less boring. But, obviously, practicing the idea of ​​safety first goes a long way.

Gas prices can be excruciating now, so relive the good old days with gas prices the year you started driving

To learn more about how gas prices have changed over the years, Stacker calculated the cost of a gallon of gas for each of the past 84 years. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data (published April 2020), we analyzed the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline from 1976 to 2020 as well as the consumer price index (CPI) for regular unleaded gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover how much a gallon cost when you first started driving.

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