Gas prices driving upward

Brad Phenow -- The Stinger

In the past two weeks the price of regular gasoline has risen 29 cents, reaching as high as $3.60 a gallon at certain gas stations in the Twin Ports.

Traditionally gas prices begin to rise as winter begins melting into spring, in the months of March and April.
This year’s early spike in gas prices are causing many concerns for UW-Superior students that are lucky enough to have a vehicle while attending school. Although many students on UWS campus rely on their feet for transportation, those who rely on their vehicles are looking for cheaper alternatives.
Marc Fortin, a junior, is one of those students who relies on his feet for transportation. “I guess I didn’t realize the prices had even jumped, but if I had a vehicle here at campus I would definitely be frustrated” Fortin said.

Tyler Austreng, who has recently purchased a new truck, has a different perspective. “I’m a little upset after it had went down to around $3 a gallon, now all of a sudden it’s back up to $3.60 a gallon” Austreng said. However despite the rise in prices Austreng said he wouldn’t trade his truck for a car with better gas mileage, “especially after this snow storm, I flip my truck into four wheel drive and I can get through the snowy roads like a knife through butter.” Even though gas prices have rose Austreng said he will continue to pay higher prices in order to feel safe on the roads.

According to American Automobile Association, AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.57, which may be seen as affordable compared to the $5 a gallon that some folks are paying near Los Angeles.

The U.S. Department of Energy is providing drivers with several tips that can help consumers drive more efficiently. These tips include:
*avoiding aggressive acceleration
*removing excessive weight
*avoiding excessive idling, and
*using cruise control and/ or overdrive gears.

These tips will in turn help your tank last longer, improving your gas mileage.

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