Some quick gas price tips for Maryland travel
If you live in Baltimore and are driving to lower Montgomery County (Bethesda-Chevy Chase), gas up at home and don't get caught with the needle near E down there. The close-in D.C. suburbs in Montgomery typically have the highest prices in the state -- running about 30 cents above the prevailing price per gallon of regular gasoline in the Baltimore area.
But if you're going to the beach, try to hit the Bay Bridge with about a quarter tank (don't cut it too close) and get your next fill-up around Salisbury. Eastern Shore prices are typically the lowest in the state, though certain stations in Laurel and Edgewater can give it a run for the money.
There is typically about a 50-cent swing between Maryland's highest and lowest prices. The lowest Tuesday on MarylandGasPrices.com was $2.37 in Ocean City; the highest was $2.88 in Cabin John, near Potomac in Montgomery County. The average in Baltimore was just above $2.50. That's not an atypical spread.
East Baltimore and the Perry Hall area tend to be someof the better places to buy in the Baltimore area. In South Baltimore, at Patapsco Avenue and Potee St., you have a very comptetive corner. If in Howard County, never fill up in Columbia and shy away from Ellicott City. The U.S. 1 corridor in Elkridge is the place to go.
In Montgomery County, there can be a vast spread between the cheaper north county (Olney-Germantown-Gaithersburg) and down-county. Tuesday it was more than 40 cents.
Just a few ideas. I'm sure readers can point out some other high and low spots.