Gas prices rocket up ahead of busy travel weekend


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Running on empty, a day too late. Jim Daub needs to fill up but he's got a bigger concern; his Labor Day plans.

“I have a boat that doesn’t even get a mile to a gallon so I certainly don't like it on the water,” said Daub.

He's heading up to Lake Erie with the family.

“It's gets very expensive very quickly. A hundred mile trip gets unbelievably expensive,” said Daub.

Mallorie Jaggers is thankful she took her vacation last weekend.

”That adds 200 to 300 dollars a trip when gas does a big jump like this,” said Jaggers. “You don't want to go out to eat it hurts things like restaurants. It hurts things like our business because people don't want to have to pay the extra money to do things that they don't have to do,” said Jaggers. 

When the gas prices change-- tempers flare and AAA's Roger Boyd gets very busy fielding dozens of calls from frustrated members.

“We don't tell them it's supply and demand; we tell them it's simply what the market will bear,” said Boyd.

Gas was nearly a quarter cheaper per gallon 24 hours ago. Labor day is looming, so this spike is typical.  But the crisis in Syria has something to do with the increase as well. The Middle East conflict is driving oil prices up.

It's more of a long term concern because the bottom line the crisis has not been resolved,” said Boyd.

While some drivers fume or run on fumes, we did find one gas station with low prices. $3.46 at Arthur Street off of I-65.