Gas prices begin annual creep upward

Sunday, March 30, 2014 7:19 PM
Last updated Monday, March 31, 2014 12:58 PM
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Higher prices at the gas pump that crept up throughout March are a sign of springtime, according to AAA Auto Club Group.

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Charles McKine, of Augusta, pours fuel system cleaner before putting gas in his truck at Sprint Foods in Augusta. McKine estimates he gets one-and-a-half more miles to the gallon by using the gas treatment. "That couple of extra gallons helps with the price of gas these days," McKine said.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Charles McKine, of Augusta, pours fuel system cleaner before putting gas in his truck at Sprint Foods in Augusta. McKine estimates he gets one-and-a-half more miles to the gallon by using the gas treatment. "That couple of extra gallons helps with the price of gas these days," McKine said.

As of Friday, the average price of gasoline in Georgia was 8 cents higher than a month ago. The increase compares to a 20-cent jump nationally two of the past three years during March.

In Georgia, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.38. Neighboring South Carolina’s average price was 12 cents lower.

According to AAA, gas prices normally rise during spring as refineries perform seasonal maintenance and begin switching to summer-blend gasoline, which is required by May 1. Continued international tensions between Russia and Ukraine have also caused prices to spike.

Some motorists, including Paul Klingensmith, of Augusta, say they’re accustomed to changes in prices. Klingensmith filled up his car on Friday at the RaceWay on Gordon Highway.

“I haven’t really noticed. It seems like the prices fluctuate up and down all the time,” he said, adding that Georgia prices are a relief from the sky-high prices he paid when he lived in California.

Harley Hayden, also of Augusta, said he’s gotten used to adjusting his driving habits and making fewer trips.

“When gas prices go up, people stay at home,” he said.

AAA said prices were at the highest level since September. The national average was expected to peak in late March or early April, at between $3.55 and $3.75 a gallon.

Derrick Edwards, of Augusta, said he “couldn’t believe” the price he was paying to fill half a tank in a U-Haul he was preparing to drive to Atlanta on Friday. He’s dreaming of getting an electric car.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/28/14 - 07:29 pm
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Well, one good thing about

Well, one good thing about this rise in gas prices..we were thinking of buying a new car, and leaning toward a bigger SUV like we used to have. But this price increase has reminded me of how much money it takes to fill up one of those gas-suckers and how often! I remember it'd take almost $100 just to fill up! No, no big SUV for us. You folks who have one now know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 03/31/14 - 10:23 am
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Keystone now!!

Build the pipeline and this would not be an issue. 60% of Americans want it!!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/31/14 - 12:34 pm
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dichotomy, I have to admit,

dichotomy, I have to admit, you have given me something to think about. I never thought about it that way before.

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