Gas prices hit hard in Triangle

April 22, 2008 5:29:56 PM PDT
In the Triangle, the AAA average is 3.51 a gallon, which has people changing the way they drive and live.

AAA Durham General Manager, Anita Flippin says gas prices are rising and it's only getting worst.

"They are predicting that it is probably getting into the high $3.90's low $4 range," Flippin said.

Hitting college students like Shelley Marvel who says she transferred schools from NCCU in Durham to Meredith College in Raleigh, because she couldn't afford the commute anymore.

"Some people really do have to think twice about spending groceries or gas money going to jobs, I guess school," Marvel said.

The good news, there are ways to do things like emptying your trunk of heavy items to help save money on gas.

Another thing, check the tire pressure to make sure it is balanced to help save a few bucks.

Some other tips AAA recommends; slow down --speeding wastes gas, skip the AC, change air filters, and get rid of roof racks --they offer resistance which wastes gas.

Vicki Tidwell's son just returned from Iraq, and after driving more than 1,000 miles to help her son get his truck to Camp Lejune, she says high gas prices are hitting military families hard.

"It cost almost $400 in gasoline to drive his truck from Texas to North Carolina, but we've had lodging we had food it is just very expensive but we do it bc we love them and want to support the troops," Tidwell said.


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