Gas Prices Have Travelers Rethinking Plans

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Easter weekend has thousands of stateliners hopping on the highway to visit relatives, but before families start their egg hunts, they may want to start hunting for lower prices at the pump. With gas prices soaring as of late, it's keeping many drivers from to putting extra miles on their vehicles and rethinking their holiday plans.

"We do much less traveling than we used to. Especially this last year we've seen a big decrease in how much we go out. We've definitely seen how much the price of gas has made it hard for us to travel”, says traveler Hilary Hofstetter.

The price per gallon is topping the $4.01 mark locally, up 17 cents from a month ago and 24 cents from a year ago, continuing the most expensive April ever at gas stations. National experts with triple a believe the price could increase a little more by the time Sunday rolls around, a risk some travelers are willing to take.

Another traveler, Donald Murbach, says, "It's real ridiculous. It goes up for no reason. Just the holiday? That doesn't make sense, but you gotta pay what you gotta pay. It's just the way it is unfortunately."

Illinois' gas prices remain among the worst in the U.S., coming in at an average of $4.18, that's the fifth highest and well above the national average of $3.91.


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  • by Mona Location: New York on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
    Well, in fact, Michiana drivers also continue to feel the pinch at the pump. The national average for a gallon of gas is still creeping higher as summer gets closer, and motorists in Michigan say they are feeling the pinch at the pump now more than ever. Even cash loans with instant approval can’t help them here, provided that the average price of a gallon of gasoline across the U.S. has raised about 12 cents over the past two weeks… A recent research on fuel prices puts the average price for a gallon of regular at $3.88, as of April 22. And of course, the prices will continue to increase as the summer months get closer.
  • by Get100MPG.com Location: Detroit on Apr 7, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    Everyone is effected from high gas prices. The way I see it is that we need to drill, build the pipe line, provide sound energy policies, balance the budget, stop burning our food source for fuel (corn), strengthen the dollar, and lying to the American People. There is still a lot more wrong with us but I think this would be a good starting point in turning this country around. Here are 35 of the best gas saving tips on the net. Found out the #1 tip every driver should have to save gas and don't. Plus they get upset when it happens during high prices. I'll show you the easy way to save gas using a tool from Amazon that makes us a better driver. http://geetis.com/best-tips/
  • by kitty Location: rockford on Apr 7, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    Bob, I feel ya. The only hope this country has is that we vote ALL the old cronies out of office. This country NEEDS term limits. We also need to get rid of these oil speculators--they raise the cost of gas. What happened to all the baby boomers who stood up in the 60s and 70s, who marched and protested against our gov't? It is time for us "white haired" boomers to make a stand, eliminate all the apathy and show the rest of the world that WE are not a country controlled by our gov't that we are actually a country governed "by the people" not the elite!!
  • by bob Location: crackford on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:39 AM
    ohh the economy is turning around yea right i got a bridge for sale too! im not going to go any were buying any thing but food nothing that i do not have to have. the lies that the economy is getting better B.S. that is not true at all food pantry's cant even keep up with hungry people so lets raise gas price keep us beat down.my only question why did are government quit caring about us? but don't give them any tax money you go to jail what a joke well i think if we all stood up and said no more like other country's we might make it! but seems Americans have no back bone to fight to save are selves. To bad when we used to be a great country. will some one buy me a one way ticket to some were else in the world at least other country's people have back bone to fight to save them selves. i would wish luck to us but that is not going to help. we stand up now or we fall as a country to a better run country.
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