Twice since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I have been guilty of being late on having my vehicles inspected. The first time was in late 2020 when I had my wife's vehicle inspected in Pittsfield. That was late by oh, only three months. Then I had my vehicle inspected this past August which was about two months late. I could use the pandemic as an excuse but in reality, I had to just open my eyes and pay attention. Luckily, the folks inspecting the vehicles didn't say anything to me. How embarrassing. More importantly, I didn't get pulled over.

Luckily, on both occasions, each vehicle passed inspection. During one of the inspections, the technician went ahead and installed new windshield wipers on my vehicle without question. I thought to myself, well that was nice of him, one less thing for me to worry about. One thing I didn't think of at the moment is that in Massachusetts, your vehicle can fail inspection if your windshield wipers are worn out. I remember years ago, a friend of mine whose vehicle failed inspection due to this very reason. This makes sense as wipers are needed to clear off rain and snow. Safety first. Actually, if you are interested in wiper and windshield laws in Massachusetts you can inspect (see what I did there) Massachusetts Vehicle Check.

WBEC AM logo
Get our free mobile app

Hopefully, your mechanics are as nice as mine (we have plenty of top-notch ones in Berkshire County) and if they see worn-out wipers on your vehicle during an inspection, they'll just go ahead and automatically replace them for you. Who would want to receive a big red R on the bottom of their windshield all because of beat wipers?

If your vehicle has passed inspection, you may want to hit the road and explore these popular roads. Have you driven any of these?

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

Gas prices are rising for sure. Do you remember these prices? 

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

Do you love cars? Do you own any of these? 

LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born

More From WBEC AM