Gas Prices Fuel Frustration

Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 12:51 pm
By: News On 6

The price of a gallon of gas set another record high for Oklahoma on Wednesday at $3.39 a gallon.  That's the average price.  It is higher in some places. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports high prices are fueling frustration.

With the price of a gallon of gas setting new records almost daily, many drivers are getting fed up when they fill up.  Just ask Mary Goudeau.

"I wish I would have got my gas last night, because oh my God, ten more cents," said Mary Goudeau.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Oklahoma hit record territory again at $3.39.  Even with a fuel efficient car, Goudeau is paying more of her hard earned dollars.

"It's very hard because I go back and forth to work.  I work two jobs and the gas prices keep going up and up and up," said Mary Goudeau.

Matt Collins has a car hauling business which brings him twice a week from South Coffeyville to Tulsa, his costs are climbing.

"At these prices, I don't know.  I just get $40 worth at a time.  Just enough to get here and back," said Matt Collins.

Experts say the culprit is the soaring price of crude oil and problems at refineries in oil exporting countries.

Just one month ago, the price of a gallon of unleaded across Oklahoma was an average of 28 cents cheaper than it is right now.  A year ago, the price of a gallon of gas was $2.68 statewide, which seems cheap compared to what we're paying today.

With the high prices many drivers are changing their driving habits, taking fewer trips, and hoping the situation gets better.

"I don't know how people are going to afford to keep doing it.  I really don't.  It cuts into everything you do," said Matt Collins.

Some are predicting even higher prices as we get closer to summer.  By the way, diesel drivers are paying more than four dollars a gallon.