Friday Mar 07 2008
Gas price rise relentless
By: Jim Ratajczak, The Telegraph
Cost of a gallon jumps 13 cents in a week
Gas prices are on the rise again. According to the American Automobile Association Web site, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.189, up from $2.507 last March. Really, that price isn't so bad “ unless you live in the Golden State. Last week alone, the average price in California for regular gasoline increased 13.1-cents from the previous week, reports the California Energy Commission. And according to the Energy Information Administration, that average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.459. It's almost easy to forget, or painful to remember, that the average price less than a month ago was $3.191, a figure which more closely resembles the current national price, rather than a drive-through lunch. About town, gas prices are more or less spot-on with the state average, forcing many drivers to put that extra bit of effort into finding the best deal. I live in Placerville, but I don't mind driving the extra miles for this price, said Toni Beers, who was filling her car up at the Raley's Aisle 1 Fuel Station on Blue Ravine. I do my shopping down here anyway, but I'd rather pay this price for gas. Beers, who said she only buys gas maybe once a month, is grateful that she's retired and isn't so reliant on her car given the current gas rates. I'm one of the lucky ones, she said. Stephanie Biagetti, of Folsom, was refueling her car at the same station as Beers for the very same reason “ the (relatively) cheap fuel. I always come here because I know I can get the lowest prices here, she said. But really, I just eat the cost (of gas). I can't go into work any less. Biagetti has three children and spring break is rapidly approaching. But because of ever-rising costs, Disneyland isn't in the plans. We're certainly not going to make the drive to Southern California, she said. I think the drive to South Lake Tahoe is a bit more realistic. For one Folsom resident, his last trip to the pump ended up being his last straw. I filled my old truck up the other day and paid $136 and it lasts me a week, said John Sprouse, Jr. I thought, ˜That's enough.' Sprouse had been looking for a new truck for more than two years, but he finally took the plunge with this latest gas hike. I bought a new truck because of the (price climb), he said. The old work truck I have gets eight miles to the gallon. The new diesel one I bought gets 17. The money I save will probably pay for half of my new truck payments. Whether or not that actually happens, Sprouse, Biagetti, Beers, and others like them, will continue to do what they can to keep their gas tanks “ and wallets “ full.