Gas Prices Spike; How You Can Help Keep Prices Lower

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By Ellis Eskew

Prices at the pump seem to be on the rise and many are taking notice.

"Everybody is paying more and getting less. Cuts down on travel. Takes money out of your pocket you can do other things with. I think its probably one of the single largest factors of the economy," said David McLeod.

But its not just the price that has them upset. It's the difference in prices they are seeing.

Dywanda Eilers tells us "Wetumpka Raceway-- 3.07. Here-- what 3.25 or so?"

Triple-A spokesperson Clay Ingram says it's a trend across the state now.

"In most years, we've never see more than 10 cent a gallon between the highest and lowest price in the state. And right now, we are seeing more than 50 cents a gallon," said Ingram.


But Ingram says there is something we can do about it.

"They are in the business to make money just like everybody else out there. So they are going to price the gas as high as they feel like they can and still sell plenty of it. It's up to us as motorists to put some downward pressure on those gas prices... and we do that by price shopping," said Ingram.

While most drivers we talked to were upset, some are just glad they aren't any higher.

"Love it. Hope it stays this way the rest of the year," said Raymond Thomas.

 According to Montgomerygasprices.com $3.24 a gallon is about the going rate in Montgomery.
The national average is 3.46 a gallon.
 

Ingram says he expects the prices to go back down after Labor Day when the demand goes back down.