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Drivers seek relief from pump prices

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's Day 32 of rising gas prices. The national average for regular is $3.71. That's 44 cents more than one month ago. It's a tough road for drivers like John Anderson, who commutes 130 miles a day.

"I spend probably $135 a week in gas to get back and forth to work," said Anderson.

Climbing costs are forcing people to really think about where they refuel. Drivers packed the pumps at the new Wawa store on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa. The chain promises to match or beat the gas prices of its competitors.

"This is $3.78 a gallon and it's still almost 20 cents a gallon cheaper than most other stations in the area," said Ed Hess as he filled up with premium.

The Tampa Wawa sold regular at $3.65 Tuesday morning. Drivers noticed.

"The other places are ranging from $3.84, $3.90. And when this opened up, it was $3.57," said Beverly Clarke. "So, everybody's trying to find better prices because the prices are so high."

Roosevelt Watson heard about the new Wawa too. He has to make the four-hour drive from Naples to Tampa once a month and that's enough. Watson says he'll take the $3.65.

"It's great. It's better than the others anyway," he said.

Gas prices are even higher in Florida, where the average for regular is $3.82. Amanda Berger is stuck with a diesel engine. She bought a Volkswagen for better gas mileage, but says there's nothing better about it.

"$4.19 and I'm just a recent graduate, so it's very expensive coming out of my pocket," complained Berger.

Gas prices in Tampa average $3.77 a gallon.

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