HARRISONBURG -- Gas prices are rising and they may not go down again for a while.
Ken Wallston is looking at directions to get home. He traveled all weekend and made several stops to get gas along the way.
"This is a little bit of a surprise. We would've done it anyway, but it is a little bit of a surprise," said Wallston.
He said it was a surprise to see how much gas costs.
"I think we're sort of at their mercy that they will charge whatever they wanna charge and get away with it."
According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, gas prices jumped by 35 cents in the past month. Since Feb. 1st, the price has increased by almost 18 cents. The national average is $3.71 per gallon. That's 12 cents more than last year.
“We have a big trip coming up next weekend that will have us traveling even further than we drove this weekend and we have to do it by car and we have no choice. We have to pay it."
In Virginia, the average price of gas is $3.59 per gallon.
For one driver who went to West Virginia for the weekend, the price was not that high.
"That's one of the reasons we gas up in Harrisonburg because it all gets higher once you go to West Virginia," he told a WHSV reporter.
In April, the cost of gas could go up even more. A representative with AAA said that's when refineries usually switch to the summer blend of gasoline, meaning there will be a shorter supply.
For Jennifer Clark, if gas costs more than $4 per gallon, she will drive less.
“I would try to probably walk or ride my bike more often than drive a car,” said Clark.
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