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Fuel and oil. Service stations are few and far between in the city. They are usually closed in the evening and on Sunday. Gasoline (petrol) costs about $1.20 a gallon for Premium, $1.10 for unleaded and $1.10 for Regular. Oil is $1.50 to $1.75 a quart. Diesel costs $1.05 per gallon.

Fluid measures. Although basically the same as in Great Britain there are some slight differences in fluid measures; see Weights and Measures.

Highways (motorways) and bridges. There are several terms used for different types of highways, and most (except for expressways) collect tolls. Toll highways may be called thruways, parkways (usually lined with shrubs, flowers or trees) or turnpikes. You should keep a stock of change for convenience when travelling; most toll areas have a basket system where you can simply drop the right change in so there’s no waiting.

Speed limits on these super-highways are 55 m.p.h. Limits are strictly enforced. In New York there are 65 bridges; tolls of varying amounts must be paid on almost all of them.

Breakdowns and Insurance. The Automobile Club of New York (ACNY). a branch of the American Automobile Association (AAA), will help members, as well as foreign visitors affiliated with other recognized automobile associations. In case of breakdown or for other problems along the way, call their highway service at 695-8311; or wait until a state police patrol car comes along.

The AAA also offers information on travelling in the U.S.A. as well as short-term insurance for visitors (1-12 months). Before you leave home contact the AAA World Wide Travel. Suite 300. 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006. In New York the ACNY is located at 28 East 78th Street, N.Y. 10021, tel. 586-1166.

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