I had to go into town today and as luck had it, I had to also get gas or petrol as it is called over here, in the car. We just had an increase this week, therefore now we are paying R11.68 per liter, which works out to be $5.86 per gallon, based on the rate of exchange today @ 3:00 PM SA time.
In order for the gas stations to provide employment to as many people in the country as possible, all stations over here are full service. You are not allowed to pump your own at all. They check your water, battery, tires and even clean the windshields front and back. I still remember those days in the US, but now they are a thing of the past in the US. Actually, today I received a big surprise, when the attendant asked me to switch on my car so he could check the transmission fluid. That is a first in the 10 years I have been here.
I know to most people the prices are very high in the USA, but after living over here and doing the comparisions, well I am going to rather enjoy being able to pay less when I get back to the states. Gas over here is controlled by the government, therefore all gas stations have to charge the same price. That is not true for the US, each station can charge whatever they feel is necessary, that my friends is called Free Enterprise, which South Africa knows nothing about. I did an average look on the Internet and found that the highest places in the US for gas is: Illinois @ $4.032, Alaska @ $4.062, California @ $4.344 and Hawaii @ $4.375, so we are even paying more than the highest charging states in the US.
The average in all the other states seems to be just over $3.00. Here is a table of information I found in my research and thought you might have an interest.
The source of the information gasbuddy.com/GB_Price_List.aspx