In need of gas, drivers turn online to find fuel


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Twitter and GasBuddy.com are some ways drivers are using the web to find places to get gas during the Sandy fuel shortage.

Desperate to find fuel following Sandy, drivers are turning to online sources, such as Twitter, Craigslist and other websites to get gas.

Driving around or travelling far distances aren’t an option as a car’s gas gauge moves closer to empty, so to better pinpoint where to go to fill up, people are crowdsourcing, Reuters reported.

Popular hashtags to find gas on Twitter include #njgas, #nygas, #nycgas and #brooklyngas, and handles, such as @njgas  and @GasBuddy, according to Reuters.

In addition to being on Twitter, Gas Buddy, a website to find local gas prices, has a special Sandy fuel shortage tracker, where you can search for stations and help others by reporting station information. Gas Buddy also has a smartphone app.

Those that are even more desperate for gas can check out Craigslist.

Though people have been selling and trading items on the website for years, since the fuel shortage, some are hocking gas at up to $30 a gallon, according to the Huffington Post, and those prices could go up the longer the shortage continues.

How are you finding places to fill up your gas during the Sandy fuel shortage?