Gas prices continue to surge

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has impacted everyone in the United States. Normally, a lot of people would be traveling during the Labor Day holiday, but with gas prices on a constant rise, a lot of vacationers have slowed down.

Drivers nationwide paid an average of $3.20 a gallon for regular unleaded gas as of Monday, up $1.35 from a year ago. And because of the hurricane, the price per gallon has gone up 75 cents since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, according to CNN.

Gas prices jumped 20 percent last week, and although prices didn’t hit the $4 mark as expected, people are feeling the effects of rising prices.

Dan Amen does not like the fact that gas prices are going up. Amen said the highest he has paid is $2.90 a gallon. He goes to Wal-Mart because “it’s the cheapest.”

Pravin Patel, owner of the Raceway gas station on the Farmerville Highway just north of Interstate 20, said he will be affected.

For all of the increases in the cost of gas, the money is going someplace other than the independent gas station, Patel said.




   Things you can do to save yourself some gas:

  • Make sure tires are properly inflated.
  •  Keep your engine tuned up.
  •  Clear out your trunk. Excess weight uses gas.
  •  Make sure you use the correct fuel.
  •  Cut down on the use of the air conditioning.