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Enjoy it while it lasts.  The bad news is low(er) gasoline prices are prompting US politicians to contemplate raising gasoline tax rates….sigh.

(Sources: graph , article on taxes)

 

graph of regular retail gasoline price ranges in 2014, as explained in the article text

Oil change frequency.

These days there is a great deal of talk claiming that we change our motor oil too often.  The  3,000 mile change interval has been the rule of thumb for many decades, but various environmental agencies want to change our behavior.

Thankfully, these days the majority of used motor oil is collected and recycled.  Never dump used oil in the trash, on the ground or down a storm drain!  In the U.S., any merchant that sells motor oil must also provide consumers with a free oil recycling collection station.

Most municipalities also operate used oil recycling collection sites.

There’s a very nice article at Machinery Lubrication’s website that discusses the conflicting advice we all hear: 3,000, 7,500 or 10,000 mile change intervals — which one is best?  Short answer — it depends on your driving conditions.  Check out the article at:

http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/562/oil-change-filter-sensors