East Texans feeling the pain at the pump - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

East Texans feeling the pain at the pump

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

If you've been to a gas station lately, you were probably left feeling the pain at the pump.

The price of regular unleaded has jumped well over three dollars per gallon in many parts of the country, and the average price in Texas is $3.37

As it turns out, drivers in many cities across East Texas are paying above that average.

One motorist said that gas prices were, "They're too high! They're way too high! And, I don't understand why they're higher here than in the larger cities."

He has a point. According to Texasgasprices.com, in Dallas, you'll pay between $3.25 a gallon and $3.30. And in Houston, between $3.19 and $3.24.

And that's lower than many places in East Texas.

Cindy Jones says it costs her about $70 to fill up her truck. Why she would pay more here than in Dallas is a complete mystery to her.

"I think it's crazy," Jones said, "I mean, I don't know the logic behind it. I don't understand the reasoning."

And those higher prices are forcing drivers here to make some adjustments.

"I Don't drive nearly as much as I used to because of the gas prices. I have to watch and cut back," Jones said.

Others are feeling the price hike in their stomachs.

"Taking my lunch to work and not eating out as much," one East Texan said.

And for Cindy, it's not only a wake up call, it's also one big inconvenience.

"It makes you more astute to your outings," she said, "You try to--just like today...I'm making one big loop accomplishing several stops in one."

Some stations might be trying to at least get the bad taste of paying so much out of your mouth.

One East Texas station is offering a half priced fountain drink if you buy 12 or more gallons of fuel!

Or, maybe it's just a coincidence.

American refinery closures and foreign affairs are both possible reasons for the higher prices.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly