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Gas Prices Reach Spring Season Peak

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The sharp increase in gas prices across the country has left many drivers feeling frazzled at the pump.

Robert Kent is one driver feeling some of that gas price  frustration.
 
"The summer's coming and there's going to be a lot of traveling," said Kent.  "It can really hurt your pockets for filling up the gas when it's this high," he said.

Other drivers filling up at the Country Fair Citgo on 26th and State, shared the same concerns.

"I mean, I understand the rise in gas prices but it's not good," said driver, William Battoni.  "Luckily I have a smaller car so i'm kind of fortunate," he said.

According to cars.com, they say a compact car takes, on average, about $40 to fill up.  Midsize sedans are closer to the $55 or $60 range.  The price of filling up a minivan or a midsize suv is also around $60 or $65; but it's those full size SUV's and trucks that can break the bank at around $80 to fill up.

"To be truthful, it probably takes about $45 for me to fill up," said Kent.

"To fill up my little car, it's about $40," said Battoni.  "But for the people who have bigger cars and travel a lot more than other people do, it's just too much," he said.

As of Friday, the AAA Fuel Gauge Report reported the National average was $3.68.

They say prices shouldn't go much higher in 2014; still, drivers hope for a break in the near future.

"I would love to see maybe them go down at least a couple cents, at least like maybe a quarter, it's not a lot but it would make me happy," said Battoni.

Officials from AAA said we should see those prices go down by Memorial Day weekend.
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