For Pa. drivers, the price at the gas pump is hard to ignore

Tim Jimenez
May 07, 2018 - 7:42 am
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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) --  Gas prices are up, and drivers in Pennsylvania are paying more than in most places in the country. 

Alfie, filling up here in King of Prussia, isn’t happy about paying more. “My car takes premium, so you already know, it’s $3.49 a gallon," he said. "I need it to come down to at least $3.25.”

But he says it’s just part of the grind.

“You gotta do what you gotta do. You got a job, you got kids, you gotta make money. It costs money to make money,” he said.

But John Sylvester, who lives near King of Prussia, says the prices hurt especially if you’re like him and not working anymore.

“They’ve been climbing a lot lately,” Sylvester said. “When you’re retired you’re on a fixed income and that doesn’t go up like everything else does. That’s the way I look at it.”

In the Philadelphia area, AAA reports gas prices average $3.02 a gallon. It's the same throughout Pennsylvania, which is now one of nine states at the $3 mark.

Why the jump? AAA says there are political issues in the Middle East. Supply and production here and around the world are also affecting prices, as well as the switch to the summer blend of gasoline, which is more expensive to produce.

AAA says the price per gallon could rise 5 to 10 cents before Memorial Day, so we could be looking at the most expensive driving season in four years.