Posted: Mar 8, 2010 6:47 PM by John Romero
On your last trip to the gas pump you may have noticed something. Over the weekend, Colorado and the rest of the nation saw a big increase in gas prices. State wide there's been about a 5 cent increase. But in Southern Colorado we saw even more. "In the last week gas prices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo have jumped a dime." explains Wave Dreher with AAA Colorado.
Analysts say the increase is mostly due to the upswing in drivers around spring time. Over the past few years gas hovered around 3 dollars a gallon during the summer. Triple A says to expect that again but hopefully the ceiling for gas prices won't be as high. "Although we might see prices slightly above that, we're not going to see anything like the rise we saw 2 years ago." says Dreher.
She does add that gas stations are now monitoring oil prices closer than ever. So when oil goes up you'd better fill up before you're left out. "It used to be about a week to 10 days between the announcement of oil prices going up and the increase in gas prices." explains Deher, "We're seeing that time gap shorten where there's only a 2 or 3 day response now."