Gas prices jump historically as Kentuckians feel pinch

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

Gas prices have made a record-breaking jump in the last four weeks.

Fuel skyrocketed by 13 cents over 26 consecutive days in July, marking the biggest July jump since at least 2000, according to AAA.

"If you want to take the kids out to the lake or something you have to pay extra money and you have to get extra gas just to go to the grocery store or something," said driver James Herald.

Some frequent travelers view gasoline as a bill.

"Having to travel around every day for like an hour, two hours has become more of a bill," driver Wesley Cornett said. "So it interferes with the other bills I have to pay. It just seems like a never-ending struggle."

Right now the national average for one gallon of gasoline is $3.50, USA Today reported. Twenty-five states are pricier, including Kentucky, where the statewide average is $3.52.

But experts are predicting gas prices to level out.

"We are expecting the prices to remain very flat or to even drop a bit," AAA spokesman Christopher Oakford said. "And what we're basing that on is oil is steadying out and the political tensions and some of the economic figures that have been released are all fairly steady."


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