CREATED Feb. 18, 2013
Whether you drive a gas guzzler or compact cruiser, we've all been feeling the pain at the pump. Prices have soared 13 cents a gallon over the past week and unfortunately folks at AAA said these prices aren't dropping anytime soon.
Neal Kingsbury stopped in Ft. Myers on his way home to Miami, he said he's no stranger to the open road.
"We just drove across the state to do some camping." Kingsbury said.
But he said lately, there's been too many unwanted pit stops. Withe every click of the pump, Neal said his wallet starts feeling a lot lighter.
" Prices have definitely gone up pretty significantly in the past couple of weeks." Kingsbury said.
AAA said the demand for fuel is skyrocketing and Florida drivers are now paying an average of $3.80 a gallon to fill up. While travel manager Marsha Kut said it is something we just have to deal with, there are some things you can do to save cash.
"Proper tire inflation and watch your speed, there is a reason for the speed limit if you obey them it usually leads to better gas consumption." Kut said.
She said weighing down your car with luggage or storage is an easy way to drain the tank.
" Over 3.75 a gallon, that's when people start to alter their plans, it seems to be the magical point for people. They start re-thinking driving or traveling as much." Kut said.
But Neal said higher prices won't put the brakes on his travel plans.
"They'd have to get a lot higher to alter them, I swear a lot more now when I see the prices but it's not going to alter them in terms of changing plans." Kingsbury said.
Unfortunately, we haven't seen the worst of these high prices. Marsha Kut from AAA said while the refineries switch over the the summer blend fuel, production slows down, so they'll continue to climb until about April, then we'll finally see some relief.