CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – If you've stopped for gas in the last few days, you know gas prices have hit the $3.00 mark and there's no sign they're slowing down.
Across the metro area, drivers tell us they're feeling the pain at the pump. Gas prices are really starting to rise all across the country. Of course that's bad news for any driver looking to get away this holiday weekend.
Gas stations were packed Friday night by people looking to gas up before the weekend. But this time they'll have to dig a little deeper now that the price at the pump has hit $3.00.
"I'm just getting 10 to carry me over till the first of the month!" said one driver.
"Just 27 today," added another driver.
None of the drivers we ran into were filling up. Most were surprised at just how high gas prices have gotten. And all around the Richmond area prices were up from just a week ago.
At the Citgo on Chamberlyne gas prices started at $3.05 a gallon. At the Exxon on Nine Mile $2.92 and at the Valero on Williamsburg $2.94. At the Wawa on Midlothian Turnpike we saw gas prices starting at $3.07 a gallon. All up and down this street we saw prices averaging about the same. Unfortunately analysts predict that gas prices will continue to rise.
"I have no choice!" said one driver. "I have to put gas in the car. I have to get to work! I have to take the kids to school and you still have to go everywhere you did before."
The unrest in Egypt has put uncertainty in the oil markets. That fear then trickles down to the pump. Either way drivers are forced to either pay up or stay off the road.
"There's not much you can do. Drive less! We try to shop around for prices and then well you gotta go to work so you gotta use it."
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