As gas prices climb, drivers try to save at the pump

Posted February 14, 2012 10:30 p.m. EST
Updated February 14, 2012 11:33 p.m. EST

Gas Prices

— Gas prices are on the rise in North Carolina and across the country, and it's changing the way some people get around.

Over the past month, gas prices went up 17 cents a gallon, according to AAA Carolinas, putting the average price at the pump at $3.61 as of Tuesday.

Experts tie the rise in fuel prices to four American refineries that are down for repair, putting a dent in the nation's gas supply.

It means Wesley Ackerman, of Fayetteville, pumps $85 worth of gas when he fills up his pickup truck to visit his girlfriend, who lives 30 minutes away.

"I wish I had a Prius," Ackerman joked.

He said the cost of gas has definitely affected his daily life.

"It does affect the choices you make, like where you eat (and) what you do on the weekends," he said.

Eric McArthur is considering buying a moped to save money.

"The gas is too high," he said. "I don't think it's right. I really don't."