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10/06/07 - Longview

East Texas Cut Back To Save Money At The Tanks

Their going up and up, but not away. Today, the average price of gas topped over $3 dollars nationwide. And the cost of crude oil hit a record high Today, of almost $97 dollars a barrel.   So, what's causing the increase and how are East Texans dealing with it? KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley takes a closer look.

Today, oil costs jumped to a record high and AAA estimates that the cost of a gas could reach $4 dollars a gallon by next year. The rise in cost is making things tough for East Texans. "It hurts and it just limits our travel. That's the only thing we can do," said Sheryl Pugh, of Gilmer Texas. "I just drove clear across town to save a penny a gallon at Super One Foods,"said Ruth Nimtz. "You can't buy the kids extra pair of shoes or extra clothes that they might need. You have to cut back somewhere," said David Sparks.

Here in East Texas average gas prices for unleaded fuel, is $2.94 Longview, $2.95 in Tyler $2.89, in Jacksonville $2.91, in Dallas $2.83, in Texarkana. So, what's causing these gas prices to rise?  "China is using oil at an increasing rate. As the economy grows, they're going to demand more and more from the world marketplace. So, we have a player that's there in a new way that's never been there before," said John Feezell. Regardless, of the reason for high gas prices. Drivers are still footing the bill, even if it means finding other ways of getting around and cutting back on pleasures. "We've given up lobster because of the high gas prices," said Nimitz."I'm gone get a bike. People are going to start getting a bike and car pooling more often," said Ryan Smith.

Experts say to save money at the pumps, you can start by getting your engine tuned-up.
That can cut your gas bill by around .13 cents per gallon. Replacing a dirty air filter can mean even bigger savings, up to 31 cents a gallon. Lastly, "trip combination" is a good method to reduce your gas costs, but requires some pre-planning. Taking several short trips with a cold car can use twice as much fuel as a longer multi-purpose trip, with a warm engine that covers the same distance.

LaKecia Shockley,reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

 

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