Rising Gas Prices Could Mean Cutting Other Costs

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some say it’s from rising oil prices or a product of a stronger economy or oil company greed. Whatever the case, drivers aren’t too happy.

"I think it's ridiculous," said driver Lance Wolfe of the rising gas prices.

"So many people depend on their car to get to work and back," said driver Harriet Leurant.

Gas prices have continued to climb steadily for the last month, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

"We'll just have to bite the bullet and either start riding the bus or continue driving your automobile," said Dave Bostic of South Charleston.

The average price in West Virginia is now more than $3.86/gallon, and many experts say it could climb past the $4 mark nationwide within the next few months.

"We are not seeing some of the political tensions that we saw at this point in time last year, so that's positive of course. But, you know, it may continue to go up before it kind of levels out for the summertime," said Christina Rollyson with AAA in South Charleston.

But even before the price of gas continues to climb, many drivers are swiping their card at the pump as little as possible while being forced to cut leisure items from their budget.

"I think everybody will think, you know, and make every drive that they do count," Leurant said. "You know, don't just get in your car and run an errand here and go back. You just have to think and, I guess, drive smarter -- make every gallon count."

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