Snowbirds face irritating gas station hassle
As the snow starts to fly, thousands of Florida-bound snowbirds are gearing up for the long drive.
The good news: Gas prices are still about 20% less than we’re paying here. Unfortunately, you’re probably going to need stacks of cash to buy it.
Billed as an effort to combat “drive off” gasoline theft, more and more ‘Zip Code-required’ gas pumps are popping up along the highway, warns Dave Hunter, author of Along Interstate-75, a popular snowbird guide.
The ZIP-code pump creates hassles for Canadians as it requires drivers to prepay (no on-the-spot refunds if you guess wrong) or leave a credit card with the attendant before filling up.
While Canadian debit cards are one alternative, you’ll pay a few bucks for each fill up. As a result, you may want to consider getting a U.S. debit card and maintaining a minimum balance if you plan on staying awhile.
To help plan your route, here's a list of gas stations (by state and route) and whether or not they accept Canadian cards at their pumps.
Is it that big a hassle? Have you had to dance around the issue when buying gas?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money