Pain at the pump: Gas prices continue to rise

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by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 7:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gas prices are hitting drivers right where it hurts-- their wallets. In the past month the average price for a gallon of regular gas is up 42 cents, 12 cents in just the past week.

"They continue to go up...and then sometimes you think the trend is stopping and then it goes up some more," driver Carl Lord said.

Why are gas prices as high as they are right now? Basically the refineries are switching over from the winter blend to the summer blend. That has created a lot of concern about production, slows it down, and that translates into higher prices for the motorists.

Rodge Boyd with AAA says the good news is that prices should not get much higher. The bad news, he says, is that they are not going down anytime soon.

"We are going to see this price continue to hover high, but hopefully if everything else works out...hopefully we'll get some relief as we head into the summer around the end of the spring travel season," Boyd said.

For drivers, it is a reality they will have to find a way to deal with.

"I'm going to have to budget. Just to get around town I'm going to have to do some budgeting because gas is expensive," driver Tammy Roach said.

One trick to make sure you get the best bang for your buck is to check your tires because if they are not  fully inflated you could be losing miles per gallon.
 

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