GasBuddy activates gasoline availability track to help motorists

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 7:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2016 at 7:54 PM EDT
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(WTVM) - On Tuesday, GasBuddy activated its Gasoline Availability Tracker for drivers in six states after a major pipeline outage led to increased gasoline prices and difficulty finding gasoline.

The Gasoline Availability Tracker can be accessed at this link.

Motorists can also search and report fuel availability via the latest version of the re-designed GasBuddy app available on iOS and Android.

  • To show only stations that have gas, users can filter the amenity to "has fuel."
  • To report stations without fuel, users can edit the stations amenities to toggle off "has fuel."

Retail gasoline prices have risen in six states — most noticeably in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas — due to Colonial Pipeline's shutdown of a major gasoline supply to the eastern U.S. following the discovery of the pipeline leak in Shelby County, AL.

States experiencing the impact on gasoline supply are Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

To see the difference in gas prices nationwide, visit AAA's website at this link.

GasBuddy's Gasoline Availability Tracker assists consumers and provides visibility to authorities, distributors and retailers with the most up-to-date, real-time information on fuel availability at specific retail locations.

This tool was last used in 2012 to assist motorists in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

GasBuddy spotters in the affected area are urged to update their local fuel availability information so that motorists looking for gasoline can find it. GasBuddy is also requesting gas stations to also keep their status updated.

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