Gas Shortages Continue to Cause Problems for Tourists

Image Courtesy of BP
Image Courtesy of BP

Much of the mainstream media has moved on from the stories about the gas shortage. If you were reading your average national newspaper this morning, or checking to see the major stories in the country, it’s likely you would think everything is back to normal. However, while the situation is improving, things are definitely still a struggle for tourists driving south around the East Coast.

Last week we covered the very real issue that tourists on the interstate were having a difficult time finding gas. Once you’re in Florida, the problem isn’t so bad, but there are still some states that have a real shortage and tourists traveling by car should be aware. If you’re planning to drive to Florida through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, or Virginia, you should know that only slightly more than half of the gas stations during your journey are likely to have fuel. Furthermore, the gas stations that do have fuel are often only able to provide the lowest rated gasoline – not premium or super blends.

Last Week’s Coverage of the Situation

You might be thinking to yourself, “well that’s no big deal if half of the stations have gas.” But then again, imagine that you’re the average person who hasn’t been paying attention to the news. You live in the Northeast, so other than a rise in gas prices, you’re unaware of a shortage still going on. You get close to empty, pull off on an interstate exit, only to discover that your chosen exit is one without gasoline. That’s a real problem, and one that can really occur at the moment.

According to, the latest fuel outages for states are as follows:

Georgia: 38%
Tennessee: 27%
South Carolina: 43%
North Carolina: 47%
Florida: 16%
Virginia: 27%
Maryland: 23%
Washington D.C: 70%

So essentially, if you’re traveling from the northeastern or midwestern parts of the United States to Florida, we recommend that you fill up prior to entering North Carolina or Georgia. We also recommend that you stay west of the Appalachians if that is possible. Anyone traveling through the deep south should be okay until they get to the pan handle. If traveling down I-75, I-25, or I-64, you should be relatively okay fueling up in Tennessee, though you may not have access to plus or premium gasoline. If you are traveling in a vehicle that needs those more expensive fuels, it might be best to stop at a station before Tennessee. Really, the most problems are going to be found around I-95 prior to Florida… so be informed if taking that route all the way down.

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