Triple A reports this week that gas prices are the highest they have been since last September. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says demand for gasoline has increased 5.7% this week to 9 million barrels per day. With the summer driving season almost here, News 25 spoke with south Mississippi drivers to find out how the gas price increases will affect their wallets.
Russ Jennings, a driver, says, “It makes it tough. You have to squeeze your budget in other areas because you can’t avoid driving to and from work. I also make it a point to drive vehicles that are as fuel efficient as I possibly can.” Steve Blahnik, another driver, says, “I can’t control it. It keeps going up. I had to work closer to home so I moved to a different job.” Cody Chandler, another driver, says, “I fill up three or four times a week, and right now, it kinda’ hurts.” The national average price of gas is $3.65. Right now, the average price in Mississippi is a little lower, at $3.29.