Gas prices near $4, cramping Easter weekend travel

Posted April 1, 2012

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— As Easter approaches, gas prices are climbing a little too close to the $4 mark for many Triangle drivers who say they won't be traveling on the popular three-day vacation weekend this year.

"I can't even go out of town," said Akiilia Jones. "I'm from South Carolina and can't even go see my family because gas is like $5 a gallon."

Conor Crowell, of Asheville, is traveling despite the extra expense. He said it takes about a tank of gas to get to Raleigh.

"I have to plan to spend a little more money," he said.

In the last month, prices have risen 16 cents in the Triangle, putting the average for regular fuel at $3.89.

Experts say a big reason for high gas prices is fear about the supply of gas being disrupted if a military conflict occurs between Israel and Iran. Demand is currently outpacing supply, said North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden.

"As the economy recovers, more people are driving (and) more factories are using energy," Walden said.

He predicts the $4 mark will arrive in North Carolina soon and that high prices will tap out between $4.25 and $4.50 per gallon.

At the Handee Hugo station on Western Boulevard in Raleigh, regular gas was going for $3.92 on Sunday. Until prices drop again, Jones said she's staying off the road.

"Who's paying $3.92 a gallon? I am a single mother of three. I can't do that," she said. "Four dollars is half a bag of diapers. I have an 18-month-old and a baby on the way. I can't do it."


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  • COPs eye Apr 4, 2012

    "I am a single mother of three. I can't do that," she said. "Four dollars is half a bag of diapers. I have an 18-month-old and a baby on the way. I can't do it."

    There are so many different problems with this statement that don't have anything to do with the price of gas. saltydawg

    I just wow...

  • fishon Apr 2, 2012

    The gov will not be satified until we have rioting in the streets.

    Then they can crush the rebellion and force each state to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 to fight for the death in the government sponsored Hunger Games.

  • brad1300busa Apr 2, 2012

    Hope Mill NC one station has $3.62 per gal and across the street the station has $3.91 a gal. I think there is too much greed in the oil industry. Until recently ( last 10 yrs or so)the phrase ( fear about the supply of gas being disrupted if a military conflict occures or the storm might damage oil rigs).Tey are making the consumer pay for something that may or may not happen. These people are speculators and are getting kick backs just like the politicions from the oil companies. The big oil distributers in the middle east have said ther in no bigger demand. And there is no bigger orders for more oil. We are just in a spot that we ( the consumer ) have no protection and no one wants to do anything to resolve the issues of gouging the public because big oil pay for political campains, gas in their cars, vacations, sends their kids to collage and what ever the politicians need so long as oil profits continue to RISE. The gov will not be satified until we have rioting in the streets.

  • Determined is at PROBOARDS Apr 2, 2012

    Cwood - so is President Obama "extremely smart" - or he "has no clue" - you are saying he is BOTH!!!

  • fayncmike Apr 2, 2012

    "My washer new uses less then fifteen "

    Should read, My new washer....

  • barbstillkickin Apr 2, 2012

    I need to say one thing. I have owned a Ford Escort, A Ford Explorer and now I have a Charger and I do not get any less miles then in any other vehicle I have owned. * cylinder, 6cylinder and even 4 cylinder can get great mileage if you know how to drive them. My Explorer got 24 miles to the gallon and my Charger gets 26 miles to the gallon. My Escort got 20 miles to the gallon so it is all how you drive it. My husband has a Challenger and believe me it can get up and go but if you want 26 miles to the gallon which is what he gets with it then you better not get up and go. And for you InformedPatrio most girls who are looking for a real man do not pay as much attention to the car as they do to the driver. If you try to be a cool dude do it with out the car. Guys always think girls like their ride but it is whats behind the wheel that they are looking at. Trust me!!!!!!

  • cwood3 Apr 2, 2012

    Disabled-you really would not compare Obama to Hitler would you??? Come on now??? Really!!

    Problem is that Hitler was not real smart. Obama is extremely smart!! Scary thought!!

    This "hoppy changy" stuff is going real well-of you like the approaching financial cliff. Yup-he's got us headed right there-smiling all the way.

    In Nov, 2012- let's elect a President that has a clue-it's obvious the current President has no clue!!!

  • fayncmike Apr 2, 2012

    "Buy cloth diapers once and wash them!

    Uses up more water and detergents that have enviroment ruining chemicals in them? Why do you hate the planet?

    My washer new uses less then fifteen percent of the water that my old washer used and only about two tablespoons of detergent. Also about half the electricity and I line dry whenever possible.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Apr 2, 2012

    If we had a president that gave a flip about his country, he would be taking advantage of OUR natural resources and we wouldn't be in the mess we are. But noooooooooo, the only thing Brobama is interested in is becoming more and more like Hitler by forcing us to take anything that he wants us to take, like obamacare. Oh well, Hitler once thought he was going to be ruler of the world too and you see where he is now.
    Disabled Vet
    April 2, 2012 12:35 p.m.
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    Hitler? Seriously? You are an embarrassment to the uniform.

  • valleyind2 Apr 2, 2012

    For anyone that wants to argue that Obama is behind biodiesel government subsidies: