Just when gas prices finally seemed to be heading in the right direction, they've suddenly shot back up, overnight. According to GasBuddy.com, the average price for regular unleaded today is $3.16 a gallon.
That's up five cents from Thursday, when it was $3.11 a gallon. Prices in some areas of the bay shot-up almost a quarter overnight, which was a knee-jerk reaction, AAA reports.
And, just like in real estate, prices will vary, depending on location, location, location.
"I would not call it a spike," said Jessica Brady with AAA Tampa. "I would say there are some stations throughout the Tampa Bay area that maybe got a little optimistic about where crude oil prices were headed last week."
So, prices shot back up, just a bit.
"However, the average across Tampa Bay, is still down from last week," Brady added.
AAA said the key to getting the lowest gas prices is going to where there is the most competition.
For example, on Kennedy Boulevard, at the corner of Howard and Kennedy, the Shell has regular unleaded at $3.19. But, if you look right across the street to the Marathon, gas is 2-cents cheaper at $3.17.
"Stations that are in areas with no competition, stations that are very convenient, right before you get on major highways and interstates near the airports, those tend to be the most expensive stations," Brady said.
Brady said July 4th may have passed, but the holiday is not over yet. It ends officially Sunday, so that means a congested weekend ahead.
"It actually doesn't end until Sunday, so that's the positive news, but people are still being frugal," said Brady. "So even though more are traveling, more are taking trips this summer, they're still looking to economize, staying at low-cost hotels, staying with friends and family and doing activities that don't cost too much."
"This year, ties for 2007, for the most travelers in the past decade, so 2007, nationwide, we had 42.3 million Americans travel. This year, we're expecting the same," said Brady. "I don't think we're going to see prices dip much lower," said Brady. "I think we've probably bottomed out, at least for the next month or so."
"It's under four bucks, I'm happy," said Andrew Heneisen. "It's kind of sad, isn't it?"
Heneisen said he stopped looking at the numbers here, considering what he used to pay when he and his family were living in Hawaii.
"It was way more expensive," said Heneisen. "Close to $4.50 a gallon at one point."
"We need help man," said Ervin Reid. "These gas prices are just too outrageous."
Reid loves everything about his 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic.
"Everything pimped-out," he said, admiring the purple paint job and extra large rims. He'd also love 1987 gas prices to go along with it!
"99-cent gas!," he sighed. "I remember them days. Good times. Yeah, you never see them no mo'."
Funeral Director David Northern, who is one of the co-owners of the Ray Williams Funeral Homein Tampa, filled-up a small fleet of hearses for the weekend.
"We just have to suck it up and drive," Northern said.
Running a funerary business is a 24 hour gig, and Northern said you can't let gas prices get in the way, of getting to heaven.
"You can't close-up shop. No sir," said Northern. "You can't close-up shop and if the families call on us, it's our job, to serve that family, no matter what the price. Amen!"
AAA said to keep in mind that this should be only a temporary reaction. Overall, their forecast is for gas prices to remain fairly steady the rest of this summer.
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