Gas Station

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, then read along with the audio recording.

When I need gas for my car, I pull into a gas station right around the corner from my house and use my gas card. Years ago, full-service gas stations were very common. The gas station attendant would put gas in your car, check the oil level in your engine and air pressure in your tires, and wash your windows. However, things have changed. Now, most gas stations are self-service centers where you do all your car maintanance. Personally, I usually fill the car up with gas every time I stop. I generally pay with cash, but more and more gas stations accept credit cards, and you can pay at the gas pump outside without going into the station to pay the cashier directly. Now, because gas prices are on the rise, I am thinking about buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle or just taking the bus to work.

Part 2: Discussion

What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of full- and self-service gas stations?

Part 3: Online Investigation

Search the Internet for five ways that individual consumers can do to conserve gasoline as they drive. Compare your reponses with a partner.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from