May 15, 2007
"I used to spend about $28 to fill my car, and now it's $45," said Bath County resident Sharon Shrader.
With gas prices hitting a national record high of $3.07 a gallon Monday, Shrader's left asking what could only be next.
"How high can it go? I bet we hit $3.50 by the end of the summer, I'm betting," she said.
She may be right. Analysts say the scenario is likely given that we have yet to hit peak driving season.
If this trend continues, drivers say those summer plans will be put on hold as they struggle to keep the tank full just to get to work and back.
"About every two days, I put in like 15 bucks cause I live out in the country. It puts a big strain on my wallet," said Crozet resident Rick Cato.
Energy experts are blaming the spike on breakdowns at U.S. refineries. With this increase topping the previous peak after Katrina knocked out refineries in the gulf coast, motorist Alfred Newell said his gas smells a little fishy.
"At one time, they were talking about oil prices going down, and now the gas prices are going up so what's going on? Who's getting the money?" Newell said.
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