Dear Car Coach: Gasoline is getting ?so expensive, food prices are rising. How expensive is gasoline in other countries? ?– B.B., Buffalo

Dear B.B.: Around the world, gasoline prices generally are much, much higher than in the United States. This is the case in most European countries, whereas in oil-rich nations like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, for instance, gasoline is cheap. In Venezuela, gasoline sells at around 12 cents a gallon. It’s cheaper than water. In Saudi Arabia, it was about 45 cents per gallon. In Qatar, gasoline prices recently increased 25 percent to a whopping 88 cents per gallon.

Here are examples of the price of gasoline per gallon in other nations:

Spain: $7.60

Italy: $8.79

France: $9.24

Germany: $9.07

Portugal: $9.13

Czech Republic: $8.21

Greece and Sweden: both over $9

Denmark: $9.69

The Netherlands: $9.58.

So you think gasoline is too pricey? Consider what you already buy and never complain about , just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next trip to the pump.

Think a gallon of gas is expensive? But did you know gas compared to other liquids is still cheaper, gallon-to-gallon?

This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective. Some examples:

Brand Bleach: $2.56 a gallon

Soda: $3.84 a gallon

Diet Snapple (16 oz. $1.29): $10.32 per gallon

Starbucks Coffee Grande: $7 per gallon

Lipton Iced Tea (16 oz. $1.19): $9.52 per gallon

Gatorade (20 oz. $1.59): $10.17 per gallon

Ocean Spray (16 oz. $1.25): $10 per gallon

Brake fluid (12 oz. $3.15): $33.60 per gallon

Vick’s Nyquil (6 oz. $8.35): $178.13 per gallon

Wite-Out (7 oz. $1.39): $25.42 per gallon

Scope ( 1.5 oz. $0.99): $84.48 per gallon

Name-brand cough syrup: $128 per gallon

Champagne: $755 a gallon

Nail polish: $ 1,024 a gallon.

And this is the REAL KICKER...

Evian water (9 oz. $1.49): $21.19 per gallon.

So, the next time you’re at the pump, be glad your car doesn’t run on Scope, Wite-Out or Nyquil.


Dear Car Coach: When I bought my tires, the tire dealer told me to rotate the tires. How am I supposed to do this? Is it front to back, side to side or what? Should I just go back to them and will they know which pattern? ?– C.W., Springville

Dear C.W.: The reason you rotate tires is to increase your vehicle’s tire-life. Proper inflation is just as important to increasing tire life, improved fuel economy, better handling and braking. Rotation means you are changing where the individual tires are mounted on the vehicle. The best way to know the correct pattern for tire rotation is in your owner’s manual.

A typical schedule may call for rotation every 5,000 miles with a pattern that’s sometimes called “cross-rotation.” Rotation patterns are based on your car, but always follow the owner’s manual first.

•Rear- and four-wheel drive vehicles (without directional tires)

Rotate your tires using the rearward cross pattern or the alternative X-pattern.

•Front-wheel drive vehicles (without directional tires):

Rotate your tires using the forward cross pattern or the alternative X-pattern.

•For vehicles equipped with the same size directional wheels and/or tires:

Rotate your tires using the front-to-rear pattern.

•For vehicles equipped with differently sized nondirectional wheel and tires on the front and rear axle:

Rotate your tires using the side-to-side pattern.

If this is confusing, take your vehicle to an ASE technician, dealer or repair shop. (Many tire mileage warranties require tire rotation to keep the warranty valid.) It’s also a good time to inspect the tires for any damage, remove stones or debris from the tire treads, check for uneven wear by checking the tire tread depth and of course, checking tire pressure.