Travelers Discuss Jump in Gas Prices

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va --- Roanoke-native Richard Brown is on his way to Maryland for a fishing trip but before he left Virginia, his gas tank guzzled up $66 worth of fuel. Surprisingly, he was not surprised by the cost.

“I don't really think too much of it because I know we have to do it. It's high, yes, it's very high. I don't understand why it's jumping,” said Brown.

It is easy to blame Tropical Storm Isaac or the fact that Labor Day is this weekend, but these are complaints that Brown said he is tired of hearing.

“I have been paying attention to gas prices for probably 40 years. People have said that every single holiday. I have never seen a holiday season where people say, 'Wow, gas is really affordable this time around.'”

Even though gas prices are more expensive than they were just a week ago, experts said that trend is not likely to last much longer.

“Typically after Labor Day, we start to see prices drop anyways because the main driving season is over. Come mid-September, we switch over to those winter blends of gasoline which are cheaper to produce, so it's cheaper at the pump,” said Windy Van Curen with AAA.

To be a society on the move, sometimes you need to just accept things they way they are.

“I guess we just have to put up with it,” said Brown. “If we want to get out and travel and do our little thing, we just have to put up with it. It's an awful thing to have to say and live by, but what else can we do?”

To put the rise in fuel costs into perspective, Van Curen said that when Hurricane Katrina hit, in Virginia, the price at the pump rose 60 cents in only eight days.


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