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When gas prices soar, slowing down can save

Posted April 10, 2011

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— With gas prices soaring, many people in North Carolina are wondering how high prices will effect their pocketbooks long-term. Experts say there's no telling how high prices will go or when the price climb will end.

According to AAA, gas prices are up nearly 90 cents from this time last year, primarily due to unrest in the Middle East, which contributes to speculation about the price of crude oil.

Experts also say prices tend to increase as the weather gets warmer.

"It's hard to say how high they're going to get," said AAA spokeswoman Wendy Hommelsheim.

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She offered one piece of advice to make costs more bearable – slow down.

"For every 5 miles that you drive over the speed limit of a speed of 65, you decrease your gas mileage by 10 percent. So, a little lighter foot on the gas pedal helps," she said.

At gas stations around Raleigh, prices were as high as $3.79 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.

"They're really expensive. I could get $10 and fill up half a tank, but now it doesn't get me anywhere," said Raleigh driver Melanie Augustine.

It's not just gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, even smaller antique cars can't avoid modern-day prices.

"I think I hit a record recently," said Ed Kantner, who drives a 1965 Austin Healey 3000. "It was close to $40. That's a lot of money for this little car."

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  • Arapaloosa Apr 12, 2011

    "You know righties, that same government that you are always screeching about to stay out of your lives? Yeah, that one."

    That's right, if government would stay out of the way, we could have our own oil resources that wouldn't be affected by "unrest". I am all for alternate energy, but until it's available and affordable, we NEED oil. There's no way around it. We can, however, get off of foreign oil and the dependence on terrorist-friendly nations.

  • Arapaloosa Apr 12, 2011

    "You tell your boss either he/they cover your additional gas expenses to get to and from or YOU'LL STAY HOME UNTIL BIG BROTHER FIXES THE PROBLEM. It's really just that simple."

    They'll fire me and give my job to someone who will pay $10/gallon for gas. Thanks for the advice...

  • Arapaloosa Apr 12, 2011

    "You could choose to slow down."- Already done that.

    "You could choose to get more fuel efficient transportation."- Can't afford another car payment.

    "You could choose to find a home or job that's closer."- Can't afford another house, and am thankful to have the job I do have.

    "You could chose to use public transportation."- Doesn't exist where I live.

    Any more bright ideas?

  • delilahk2000 Apr 11, 2011

    I JUST SAW ON THE NEWS ANOTHER LIE AS TO WHY GAS IS HIGH. ONE LIE RIGHT AFTER THE OTHER, WHEN THE REAL TRUTH IS NOTHING BUT PURE GREED AND GREED.......

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 11, 2011

    "And what choice do we have? Is there anyone reading this that has the option to NOT buy gas?"

    Glad you asked!! What choice you ask? Do you want to continue to bend over to big business and your elected gov'mint OR do you want to take YOUR country back? You tell your boss either he/they cover your additional gas expenses to get to and from or YOU'LL STAY HOME UNTIL BIG BROTHER FIXES THE PROBLEM. It's really just that simple. Or, I guess you can continue to whine and cry and fill up your tank. As long as you fill up it keeps going up and it is just that simple. What amount makes you take the stand suggested above, $5, $7, $10?? Let me know because until you know nothing is going to change. Enjoy sucking your bank account bone dry to get to and from. Ain't nothin' but fun right! Go filler up.

  • recycled junk Apr 11, 2011

    IT MIGHT BE BECAUSE YOU ARE OVER YOUR CAPS LOCK LIMIT

  • flyingcheetah92 Apr 11, 2011

    deliah- It might be worth your time to go back and re read the guidelines since you are still violating some of them...

  • delilahk2000 Apr 11, 2011

    HERE WE GO COMMENTS BEING CENSORED FOR WHAT REASON, WE DO NOT KNOW.

  • MudLife Apr 11, 2011

    OK fine, but if you're going to slow down, MOVE OUT OF THE PASSING LANE!!!!!!!!!!
    think01

    AMEN TO THAT!!!!
    I can't drive slow its like impossible for me. But if you are move over to the right and keep it moving slowly. They need a special lane for them slow drivers.

  • delilahk2000 Apr 11, 2011

    I WISH I KNEW THE REASON THIS IS NOT POSTED, IT IS WELL WITH IN THE SO CALLED GUIDELINES!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS ALL THE OUT CRY ABOUT THE GAS PRICES. OUR ECONOMY IS GOING BACK INTO A RECESSION AND WE WILL NEVER RECOVER WITH THE GAS PRICES THE WAY THEY ARE...DID THEY NOT LEARN WHEN THEY GOT THIS HIGH IN 2008 AND COMPANIES HAD TO CLOSE . THE SPECULATORS NEED TO BE DONE AWAY WITH AND THEIR GREED. THEY WILL USE EVERY EXCUSE IN THE BOOKS TO PRICE GOUGE THE H##L OUT OF US AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY MORE TO GIVE.

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