One of the surest ways to know time is passing? Check your local price of gas.Almost everyone can remember last month, last year or perhaps last decade when gas prices seemed, well, quaint and reasonable compared to today’s figures.Here are few things to know about gas prices in B.C., such as how to safely fill and transport jerry cans and where to find cheap gas.
How do gas prices change or differ so drastically from one station to the next?According to Gas Buddy analyst Dan McTeague, it depends on the individual gas station retailer and how much of a markup they may or may not take.For example, here’s how a tank of gas might price out if it’s listed on the sign for $1.70:• $1.09 is set by the wholesaler and influenced by the market.• $0.52 consists of taxes, including federal, provincial, TransLink, carbon and GST• $0.09 is what the retailer makesWhile the wholesaler’s price and the taxes are non-negotiable, retailers do have some free rein within that last nine cents of the price. So a retailer might decide to forgo part or all of their mark-up to entice drivers to fuel up at their station instead of the one across the street.
Is gas really cheaper at night or on weekends?“Generally speaking, yes,” said McTeague. “And Vancouver is finally following what happens in most major cities across Canada.”McTeague again points to the small chunk of the listed gas price that retailers can control. Retailers may decide to mark down their gas prices on evenings and weekends to maintain business during quieter times or to compete with big box stores — like Costco or Superstore — and the discounts they may offer to their members.It also explains why morning rush hours — when more people are likely to be on the roads and needing gas — will be when more expensive gas prices posted.“Evenings tend to be better than mornings by and large, and weekends better than weekdays to buy gasoline,” said McTeague.
The Husky at 7389 River Rd. in Delta was selling as at 178.9 on April 23, 2019.
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Why is gas cheaper out in the Fraser Valley or away from highways?Prices out in the Fraser Valley are generally cheaper than in Metro because the dedicated TransLink tax only applies to the area up to Lion’s Bay, west to Bowen Island, south to the U.S. border and west to and including Langley, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.Areas beyond that eastern limit are not charged the TransLink tax, which is about 17 cents a litre.“For that reason, their prices are a lot cheaper — at least 11 cents a litre — and that doesn’t include variations you might find where retailers are only charging a portion of that retail margin they might need to stay in business,” said McTeague.What about gas stations located farther off the highway? Maybe. McTeague noted that gas stations all pay within a few cents of each other wholesale, so any variations are up to the retailer.Gas stations further off the highway may charge a bit less, knowing they have to compete with stations close to the highway, which offer convenience for those not wanting to stray too far off their route.
If I find cheap gas, am I allowed to fill jerry cans for later?Yes. There are no rules that gas purchased at a gas station must go into a vehicle’s gas tank at the time of purchase.The only guidelines you must follow are for safety reasons such as proper storage and transportation of the gas.
A driver can be seen filling up a gas can in this file photo.
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How can I safely fill, transport and store jerry cans with gas?• Only use proper gas cans with a nozzle meant for storing and transporting gas, not random containers.• Place jerry can on the ground to ensure it is electrically grounded before filling, not on truck beds with a plastic liner or carpeted floorboards. (Why? Flowing gasoline can create static electricity that can spark a flame if the container is not grounded.)• Do not overfill the jerry can. Rule of thumb is to fill 95 per cent of the way, allowing room for fuel expansion.• Ensure cap is screwed on securely to the jerry can.• Secure the jerry can in your vehicle’s trunk before transporting to prevent spills.• Do not leave the stored gasoline in the sun or in a heated area. Store them at least 15 metres away from anything like pilot lights or that might cause sparks such as heaters or furnaces.• Consider adding a fuel stabilizer if you won’t be using the gas immediately. Fuel stabilizer keeps gas fresh.
Are there restrictions on how much gas I can transport?Canada has restrictions on the transportation of dangerous goods. For private use, an individual is allowed to transport up to 150 kilograms of gasoline at a time.A standard 25-litre jerry can filled with gas weighs around 25 kilograms, which means one driver could fill and transport up to six jerry cans filled with email@example.com/stephanie_ip