Gasoline prices steadily increased during the last two months, causing Central Texas residents to spend more on travel.
“Here in the last two months, (the gas price) has been following the rise in crude oil prices,” said John Gilmore, manager of Big Chief Distribution. “I think (crude oil price per gallon) is up over $104. That is probably a year high.”
Average retail gas prices in the state increased by 1.5 cents per gallon during the past week for an average $3.48 per gallon, stated a news release from Gasbuddy, an online comparison site. Nationally, prices increased about 2.3 cents per gallon during the last week to $3.62 per gallon.
Prices on Monday were 14 cents higher than April 21 last year and 14.4 cents higher than one month ago, the release stated.
Customers pumping gas Monday at the 7-Eleven store on Fort Hood Street said they feel the crunch of rising gas prices.
“They are high everywhere,” said Ira Dale Bennett of Hutto. “They are just ridiculous.”
Bennett works for Travis County but drives to Killeen to take care of his parents, who are in their 80s. His morning commutes cost him between $200 and $250 a month.
“You’ve got to get used to it,” Bennett said.
“You don’t have much of a choice.”
Justin Chance, of Fort Hood, cut back on driving because of the rising prices.
“I don’t go out or drive as much because of that,” he said.
It would cost him about $120 to fill up his truck, Chance said. He tries not to fill up.
The retail cost for gasoline Monday ranged from $3.44 to $3.51 from Harker Heights to Copperas Cove, according to AAA’s website.
Gasbuddy.com reported prices between $3.44 and $3.49.
“I would say you are probably going to see this and maybe it will tick up more through Memorial Day weekend,” Gilmore said about the prices.
“Then we might see a little a bit of relief, but I don’t think it will be enough to make a big difference.”