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Why experts say there’s a spike at the pump

Posted at 5:59 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 19:11:06-04

Have you noticed you’ve been paying more at the pump lately? It’s not just happening here in the Coastal Bend, it’s a trend that’s sweeping across the nation.

There are several reasons why gas prices are rising. Experts say it’s because of a higher demand for gasoline, as more people hit the road during the warmer months, a more expensive summer blend, and higher crude oil prices.

Corpus Christi drivers, like Veronica Guerrero, are feeling those impacts.

“I have a small little car so ten-to-fifteen bucks fills it up. So now that I put ten bucks (in), it gives me half a tank.

AAA says Texas is among the top 10 least expensive states to fill up on gas. The average price for a gallon of gas in Corpus Christi is about $2.40, meanwhile the average price nationwide is closer to about $2.70.

But it’s still no relief for Corpus Christi drivers, especially those who drive for a living.

“Most drivers are on a budget, and gas prices affect that,” said one Uber driver.

KRIS 6 caught a ride with the Uber driver on Tuesday morning. He says a month ago, it cost him about $25 to fill up his tank. Now, “I just filled up a little bit ago and it cost me a little over 34 dollars, and that comes directly out of how much I make,” the driver said.

Just within the past month, gas prices have gone up nearly 20 cents in Corpus Christi. Unfortunately, that upward trend will continue through memorial day weekend.