Thomasville, GA---August 19
A new report by AAA shows a spike in gas prices in Georgia.
"It effects the whole economy," said Joseph Hires, a Thomasville resident. "A lot of people are spending more money on gas than groceries right now."
Right now, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $3.64. That's up 31 cents from July and 12 cents from this time last year.
With the heavy traveled labor day weekend right around the corner, some people say the increase has forced them to change their plans.
"Ninety percent of the time we go to the beach three times a year," said Thomasville resident Alvin Barber. "We've only been once this year because of the cost of gas and the economy right now. It just hasn't been efficient for us to travel and do the things we normally do."
Lisa Hand says she plans on heading to Atlanta for the holiday weekend.
"Right now, my daughter and her child are trying to decide whether or not to come with me, so we may have to take a larger car and if we do that, then of course we will be paying a little more for gas."
Drivers say they've been using online tools to scope out locations for the least expensive gas as well as carpooling.
"If you can drive a mile and save a penny a gallon, it does add up after a few weeks or after a few months," said Hand.
"We're hoping to save a little bit by moving closer and commuting a little bit closer and then next year, making up for the time we didn't get to go this year," Barber said.
Analysts say elevated oil prices and tensions in the middle east are some reasons for the increase.