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AAA: Gas Prices Highest in Erie in Six Years

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ERIE- Nearly 35 million people will hit the road this Fourth of July weekend--that's according to AAA who says gas prices are expected to be the highest we've seen since the recession in 2008. Do you remember when gas was $4.06 per gallon here in Erie?

It’s already hard filling up my tank alone,” driver Jonathan Salmon says. “I'll probably put $10 in it, and that's probably all I can afford.”

Thankfully, it’s not as bad now but AAA’s fuel gauge report shows we're not far off. The average price per gallon in our region is $3.86. That is almost 20 cents above the national average and about 40 cents above the average around this time last year.

It's a trend people here in Erie aren't "gassed up" about.

"It makes a big difference whenever it’s more than one gallon at a time,” driver Dakota Saunders says. “It all adds up and I'm sick of it."

Saunders is seriously thinking about changing his plans this year.

"It makes me not want to go on any trips or anything like that,” Saunders adds. “I just want to stay here."

Rae Ann Fleck puts money aside each month for gas to afford her summer road trips.

"We travel every month and it costs a lot of money,” Fleck says. “We have to save up for it."

There looks to be reason to the madness. David Poor, regional vice president at AAA says gas prices typically fall in June but that didn't happen this year as the turmoil continues to heat up in Iraq--a key supplier of global oil.

"The price of crude is up past $106 per barrel," Poor reveals.

Do you remember that PA gas tax effective at the beginning of the year? That, too, adds about a dime per gallon to your tab.

"We've had some increases in taxes this year that we did not have last year,” Poor explains. “That adds up to about 10-12 cents per gallon to the price of gasoline."

A wildcard to watch: Hurricane season. A storm that effects production can, in turn, drive prices through the roof.

"If prices keep going up, I just feel like buying old fashioned fireworks and doing it at home,” Saunders says. “It might save me a little bit of money."
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