How much do you know about gas prices? Take our quiz!

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Most drivers know how much they paid for a gallon of gas the last time they topped off the tank. But how much do you know about gasoline before it arrives at the pump? Or about mileage? Take our quiz to see how much of a fuel expert you are.

How much gasoline is produced from a barrel (42 gallons) of oil?

12 gallons


19 gallons


35 gallons


Oil companies consider the answer a secret


How much profit does an oil company make on a gallon of gasoline?

7 cents on each dollar it gets


19 cents on each dollar it gets


50 cents on each dollar it gets


The refiners lose money on gasoline but make profits on sodas and bags of chips


When was the inflation-adjusted high point reached for the national average price of a gallon of gasoline?

After the OPEC oil embargo started in 1973


After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990


After hurricane Katrina disrupted oil production in the summer of 2005


In the summer of 2008, as investors looked for a safe harbor


The major oil companies actually own few retail fueling outlets, although many gas stations have contracts to carry their brands. Whose brand is picked up the most?









Some 125,886 convenience stores or supermarkets in the US sell gasoline, an estimated 80 percent of all US fuel sales. Which has the most locations that sell gas?

Casey’s General Stores




The Pantry




Where was the first commercial oil well drilled in the US?

Bartlesville, Okla.


Marietta, Ohio


Spindletop, Texas


Titusville, Pa.


Which state currently produces the most oil?





North Dakota




Which country exports the most petroleum products to the US?







Saudi Arabia


On a daily basis, what percentage of the oil traded worldwide travels through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow body of water that skirts Iran?

20 percent


40 percent


50 percent


60 percent


How many days of oil does the US have stockpiled in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

10 days to two weeks


About 46 days


Six months of daily consumption


The government considers that information confidential


What was the estimated gas mileage for the Ford Model T?

5 miles per gallon


11.6 to 12.8 miles per gallon


13 to 21 miles per gallon


24 miles per gallon


How much gas mileage does a NASCAR vehicle get at race speed?

3 to 4 miles per gallon


4 to 5 miles per gallon


9.9 miles per gallon


19 miles per gallon


What is the most efficient family sedan in terms of gas mileage?

Ford Fusion


Honda Insight


Toyota Camry Hybrid


Toyota Prius


What is the most efficient electric vehicle?

2012 Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric wagon


2012 Chevy Volt


2012 Mitsubishi i MiEV


2012 Nissan Leaf


Which 2012 domestically produced four-wheel-drive SUV gets the worst gas mileage?

Dodge Durango


Ford Explorer


GMC Yukon


Jeep Grand Cherokee


Who was president of the United States when the first federal gasoline excise tax was collected, and how much was it?

Dwight Eisenhower: 3.4 cents a gallon


Herbert Hoover: 1 cent a gallon


Franklin D. Roosevelt; 2.5 cents a gallon


Woodrow Wilson; 2 cents a gallon


How much is the federal gas tax?

9.1 cents a gallon


18.4 cents a gallon


25.3 cents a gallon


29.2 cents a gallon


Who was president the last time the federal gas tax was raised?

George H.W. Bush


Jimmy Carter


Bill Clinton


Barack Obama


Which state has the highest taxes on gasoline?





New York


Washington State


Which state has the lowest taxes on gasoline?





South Carolina