November 06, 2012, 12:06 PM — Thank goodness for the web. With it, we can all meet two pressing needs today: getting out to vote (with a free cab ride, to boot) and tracking down available gas stations.
If you live in an area hit by Hurricane Sandy, you've probably seen the crazy hours-long lines of cars desperate for gas. Instead of driving around aimlessly hoping to find a station that's open and has fuel, use GasBuddy's Fuel Shortage Tracker. The site lets you search for stations with fuel available, and you can help others by reporting if a station is open, closed, or out of fuel. (GasBuddy is helpful in non-Sandy-hit areas as well, showing gas prices by location.)
Want to save gas and still get out to do your civic duty as a voter (whether or not there's a gas shortage in your area)? Car ride company Uber, in partnership with Rock the Vote, is offering all voters in America a free ride to or from their polling stations. It's valid Tuesday, November 6 during voting hours and good for a free ride up to $20.12, as long as your trip starts or ends at a polling station. Use the coupon code VOTEUBER during sign-up in Uber's iPhone or Android app or on m.uber.com.
Although the lines may be long, whether you're heading to a gas station or a polling place, hopefully the end result will be worth it.