Gas Prices Going Up

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- The national average for a gallon of fuel went up by 14 cents in the last week.

At a Harrisonburg Exxon, the price of gas is $3.35.

The station manager of that Exxon said gas prices have gone up by 20 cents in the last two weeks.

AAA says there are several factors behind this.

Tyler East is says he pays $64 a week to fill up his gas tank and he's keeping a close eye on gas prices.

"It just makes your heart drop, every time you see that go up," said Tyler East, who is a young driver.

"It feels bad, I mean you feel it in your pocket but you have no choice. Pretty much you need it so, it's not like a demand...it's not like a want," said Veronica Avila, a mom who pays on average $90 per week driving her kids around town.

"What is likely making the biggest impact are the increased tensions in Egypt and including increase in summer demands," said Tammy Gobert, AAA Mid-Atlantic Public and Government Affairs Specialist.

Previously AAA expected the price of gas to go down in Virginia following the decrease in the gas tax for retailers.

"It is still a bit too early to determine the exact impact of the gas tax here in Virginia," said Gobert.

"With like technology you can always go on the cellphone and you can track it and see which like gas station has it cheaper in the area and that's where you have to go to," said Avila, who will now be on the lookout for cheaper gas.

On Friday, the price of crude oil closed $105.95.

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