The next time you have to fill up your car, you may notice more money coming out of your pocket.
Gas prices are on the rise.
The prices you see at the pump have slowly been climbing for the past month.
And that rise is only going to continue-- why? When the temperature rises, so do gas prices.
Rising gas prices have many drivers feeling pain at the pump.
"I think it's outrageous," said Greg Wilson.
"Only time I notice is if it's $3.40 or $3.60. That's the only time I notice," said Rudolph Jones.
According to AAA, the price for a gallon of regular gas in the Augusta area is $3.23; that's up five cents from a week ago and up a dime from a month ago.
Experts say the reason for the recent up tick is due to violence in Venezuela and the South Sudan, but they also say we can expect an increase in the next couple of months.
That increase will come as oil refineries continue their maintenance season. In another month or so, those refineries will start producing more expensive, cleaner burning summer gas. Possibly putting a pinch on some budgets.
Wilson said, "it ought to stay the same or go down because people ain't making no money right now. Hours short on the job so we need to keep the prices down on gas."
Jones said, "I had to cut out going to the movies and eating out and I couldn't afford that. Gas comes first."
The prices may be up now, but its nothing compared to the $3.64 we were paying this time last year.
Experts expect us to continue to pay less for gas because production is up and cars are becoming more fuel-efficient.
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