Gas prices continuing to rise in Florida

Published: May. 14, 2018 at 5:08 PM EDT
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By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- If you're looking to fuel up, you may want to pack some extra cash.

AAA says gas prices are continuing to climb and there's no end in sight. The organization says in Florida, gas prices are now up to an average of $2.82 a gallon.

Tallahassee is the second-highest in the state, behind West Palm Beach.

There are three gas stations at the corner of Thomasville and Timberlane Roads and two of them are sitting at $2.79 a gallon, while the third is above the state average ($2.83) and is just a few cents shy of the $2.87 national average.

AAA says the strong moving economy and diminishing supply of crude oil are the reasons for high prices, and they're not dropping anytime soon.

But folks driving through say they stopped at the gas station because of convenience, being near the interstate and restaurants.

Many were passing through Tallahassee for work and say the prices surprised them, saying bigger cities like Orlando or Jacksonville are much cheaper.

"That's more money out of our pocket for every fill up and I travel for sales so that wills tart racking up over time," said Jacksonville resident Travis Whitmill.

"Summer time is going shoot up even higher so I'm just hoping it wont happen like that," said Marcquia Peck, a Tallahassee resident.

The price for gas is still not at an all-time high. Back in 2008, gas rose to nearly $4 a gallon.

Some people say if the cost of gas gets anywhere close to that, they'll start considering other options like Uber or Lyft or even public transportation.