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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