Drivers fume over gas price increases

In this July 16, 2008 file photo, a motorist gets ready to pump gasoline into her minivan at the Mobil Station in Andover, Mass. A reader-submitted question about the cost of gas is being answered as part of an Associated Press Q&A column called "Ask AP." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

January 20, 2012 2:31:08 PM PST
Some commuters felt a slap at the pumps recently with gas prices jumping five cents or more overnight. Many drivers are fuming as those prices inch closer and closer to $4 a gallon.

Analysts predict gas jumping that high before this summer because of repeated threats by Iran to block a main oil shipping route. They say there's also increased demand from China and, as our economy starts to recover, people begin to drive more, which drives up prices too.

North Carolina's average price of $3.44 a gallon is above the national average of $3.38 but remember the state has some of the highest gas taxes in the country.

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