After a few weeks of gas prices dipping below $3.00 a gallon, drivers were hopeful that they would stay there for the rest of the summer. Unfortunately, if you've filled your car up lately, you know that isn't true. Gas in meridian is ranging from $3.15 to $3.39, and we caught up with one driver who wants to know why she is paying 10 percent a gallon more now than she was a month ago.
"Now all of the sudden gas prices have shot back up and I'm still looking for the reason why we're going from twenty to thirty cents almost overnight and here we are a week later and gas prices are still steadily going back up."
One single reason can't be attributed to the spike in prices, but according to AAA, a combination of the rise in the price of crude oil, the European debt crisis, slowed growth in China, and worries about the US economy all sent prices at the pump up. With the outlook on the global economy not good, drivers can still expect higher prices for the forseeable future, and for some, that means having to cut back where you can.
"All of the sudden all the money we had just budgeted to do extra curricular activities, whether it be trying to go on a cruise or take a vacation, now we're having to cut a day or two short because of the gas prices. We can't get hit anymore."