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Dealing with soaring gas prices

Dealing with soaring gas prices
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Rising gas prices have people feeling pain at the pump.

All three states in our region fell short of the national average, which has risen eight cents during the last week.

Petroleum analysts say while the conflict between Russia and Ukraine does contribute to driving up gasoline prices, there are other factors too.

“Americans are getting out more and more as COVID cases are declining,” said Patrick De Haan. “In addition, refineries are doing maintenance, so that limits their ability to keep up with their demand.

According to analysts at GasBuddy, prices have risen consecutively during the last nine weeks.

De Haan says it’s not uncommon to see gasoline prices rise in the spring months.

AAA experts predict that the national average will top $4 a gallon as early as St. Patrick’s Day. The last time the national average exceeded the $4 mark was July 2008.

De Haan recommends consumers “shop around” using apps such as Waze, Google, or GasBuddy to find the most affordable price.

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