Don't count on cheap gas

RALEIGH "I'm going 'Now is not the time to do that in this economy. We are already hurting. Please don't raise gas,'" offered driver Gayle Nichols Tuesday.

At the Wilco on Capitol Boulevard, customers noticed the price of a gallon ticking up.

"Right here, this gas was $1.51 on Sunday night. Now, it's 8 cents higher and we're talking in two days. I'm a little concerned about where it's going to go at this rate," said customer Terry Lennon.

According to the Energy Department's weekly survey of gas stations, the average gallon of regular unleaded climbed 7.1 cents, putting the national average at about a $1.68 a gallon. In North Carolina, you'll pay an average $1.63.

It does pay to shop around. An informal survey of gas stations on Six Forks Road in Raleigh showed prices ranging from $1.79 to $1.59.

The higher prices are forcing some to rethink their New Year's resolution to travel more.

"We're not at that point yet, but it is a real concern because people have to travel. You have to work. You have to go here, go there, this is a big bite out of the budget," said driver Terry Lennon.

For the best deals in the Raleigh/Durham area, you can always use the ABC 11 Gas Buddy.

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