PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is almost unavoidable, but it is frustrating many people across the mountains. Gas prices are continuing to increase leaving some drivers wondering when a break will come.
You pay. You pick. You pump. Most of us know the routine well, but for many Eastern Kentuckians that routine at the pumps is adding more stress to their bank accounts.
"I don't know how people can afford it. I really don't," said concerned driver Joel Bowles.
On Saturday AAA listed the commonwealth's average gas price as $3.70 per gallon, but across Eastern Kentucky some pump prices were at least 15 cents higher than that.
"They just keep going up," said Christie Herald. She frequently travels for business.
That state average is up eight cents in one day and 20 cents in one week causing frustration for several drivers.
"I'm just a dumb country boy. I'm not a smart mathematician, but I'm not blind either," said Bowles.
Some consumers say the increase in gas prices makes them change their travel plans either by switching routes, carpooling or sometimes just not going anywhere.
"You have to go, and it doesn't matter how much you get you still have to go," said Herald.
Bowles says he plans specific routes for his trips now.
"I try to drive in a circle when I go somewhere," he said.
AAA reports these jumps are not uncommon for mid-February in advance of increased demand for the summer travel season. While they say the increase may slow down, it probably will not stop anytime soon.
"Buy your food, pay your heat and your gasoline, and you're broke," said Bowles.
AAA reports the national average for gas Saturday was $3.68 per gallon, up nine cents in one week and 39 cents in one month.