How high are gas prices in your area?
Rising temperatures and rising fuel prices often go hand in hand, but it’s not just for the expected reasons. Yes, increased demand is a factor, as more folks take to the road during the summer for vacation, and as we’ve seen in recent years, natural (and otherwise) disasters also can have a major impact on the cost of gasoline. Yet the primary reason has to do with summer gas itself.
Ever since 1995, the government has mandated that oil companies sell a more expensive, cleaner-burning grade of gasoline in the summer months as a way of reducing air pollution during the hottest time of the year. How high will things get this summer? Well, more than 46 percent of Autobytel readers say gas in their area is already between $3.50-$4.00 a gallon, with another 29 percent indicating fuel prices are even above that point.