Nearby gas stations: The Google Maps trick to finding the closest places with fuel
London drivers are at their wit’s end after being forced to spend their weekends stuck in queues across the capital trying to get a tank of gas.
With over eight million people living in the capital, demand for fuel is extremely high in one of the most densely populated areas on the planet.
Petrol Retailers Association President Brian Madderson said LBC : “Normal is creeping into this part of the country, but London and the South East are absolutely horrible.”
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From Monday, October 4, nearly 200 members of the armed forces will help deliver fuel to gas stations across the country, including 100 as drivers.
The government has also announced that 300 EU fuel tankers will receive special visas to be able to work in the UK until March 2022.
It remains to be seen whether any of the government’s proposed solutions will make a difference, with industry insiders skeptical.
“It won’t be a major panacea, it’s a big help, but in terms of volume they won’t be able to carry that much,” Madderson told BBC Radio 4 Today.
He added: “We need a prioritization of deliveries to gas stations – especially the independents which are the neighborhood retail locations – in London and the South East from now on.”
Google Maps could help motorists struggling to find where to find a gas tank and where the biggest queues are in London.
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How Google Maps can help
Google Maps is a very sophisticated application that can be used to find your nearest gas station and what the queues look like outside.
On Google Maps, just search for “gas station near me” and a number of these will appear on the map.
If you change the style of the map to ‘traffic’ and then zoom in on your favorite gas station, you will see colored lines along the roads.
Green means traffic is running normally, but as the colors get darker, it indicates congestion is increasing.
The red and dark brown show that there are heavy traffic jams in this area and you may want to avoid lining up for gasoline there.
Google Maps will also show you how long the queues are so you can estimate how long you can wait – and remember that it can all be done from the comfort of your living room.