Georgians' Wallets Hit Hard by Rising Gas Costs

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Prices at the pumps are not putting a smile on Georgians' faces.

Says pick-up truck driver Emory Minor, "I tell you, they're crazy. One day you're looking at one price, and then the next day it's up 15, 20 cents."

According to AAA, the average price of gas has surged to $3.28 per gallon -- an increase of almost 20 cents in a matter of days.

Tennessee resident Charles Morrow was passing through Thomasville when we spoke to him -- but he thinks gas prices all over the south are 'ridiculous'.

Says Morrow, "They're ripping the people off because they know you've got to have gas."

Experts say the spike comes as unrest in Libya and the other parts of the Middle East could disrupt the usual daily flow of millions of barrels of crude oil from the region.

And while gasoline in the Peach State is still a few cents under the national average of $3.37 per gallon, people say the high unemployment rates across the state compound an already expensive problem.

Driver La'Jasmaine Wilson says she's spending a lot less time behind the wheel to save gas.

Says Wilson, "You can't find any jobs and gas is high ... I don't know how we're going to be able to make it out here."

Thomasville resident Jillian Crawford remarked, "I feel sorry for those who aren't able to afford [gas]."

But some people say they're changing their ways to cut back on consumption.

Minor told us he and his family are making small adjustments to see a big difference in cost: "Instead of making multiple trips, we'll try to make one trip, and also ride together if possible, and things like that ... occasionally I ride my bike to work, but I don't know if that's for gas or exercise."

As much as they hate the rising costs, folks say they will ultimately pay the price for fuel because it gets them where they need to go.

To shop around for the lowest gas prices in your neighborhood, or to find out what gas might cost you on your next roadtrip, visit www.gasbuddy.com or gasprices.mapquest.com.


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