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Yes, gas stations limit how much gas you can buy per transaction, but it depends on the station and card

Visa and Mastercard both recently raised limits for credit cards to deal with increasing gas prices.

PHOENIX — With gas prices soaring upwards of $5 a gallon, your gas pump may have stopped even if it hasn’t filled up your tank.

We are verifying why that may be the case.

The question:

Do gas stations limit how much gas you can buy per transaction?

The sources:

Kelly Blue Book

The answers:

Yes, although that limit can depend on the gas station and the type of credit or debit card you use.

What we found:

Gas purchases are different from almost any other type of transaction. Normally, when something is bought we know the final price. However, that is not the case when buying gas.

Because of that uncertainty, credit and debit card companies often set limits on how much they will guarantee to pay gas stations.

Debit cards will often put a hold on your account for the full "limit" when you buy gas.

This week, Visa and Mastercard raised the limits for both credit and debit cards to $175, according to Kelly Blue Book.

Gas stations do have the final say on where they put the limit per transaction, but most follow the credit card companies' lead.

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road.

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.

ADOT's suggestions include:

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances
  • Avoid distractions while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
  • Stay extra aware in work zones
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here.

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said.

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