I had heard about a place in Virginia that was known for its cheap gas prices. I looked into it and it was cheaper than anywhere else that I had been to before. Since it was on my way home, I decided to fill up my tank.
When I got to the station, I noticed that the prices were different. They were not as good as I was led to believe. When I asked why, I was informed that it was because of the high gas tax in Virginia. The attendant told me that it was added a couple years ago and it is now among the highest in the country.
I tried to reason with him regarding the fact that this was a road not usually traveled by tourists and that it would be extremely costly to bring in additional vehicles for the purpose of generating tax revenue.
He stated that he could see my point but that the gas tax helped pay for the expansion of the Park Service and for fixing the roads.
I decided to fill up anyway because it was such a great deal. As I left the station, I looked back and the pump was still there. I guess in some places gas is still sold at a discount rate.
So as you now know, filling up in Virginia is not as cheap as advertised. The good news is that it is still possible to find savings of up to ten percent off at the regular stations. You just have to know where and when to look. This is good news for those traveling to or living in Virginia because there are still ways to save, especially if you visit during off-peak periods or if you know where to look.