MEDFORD, Ore.– A new report by AAA shows drivers were emptying their wallets to fill up their tanks like never before in 2012.
“It affects my daily commute quite a bit because we commute 90 miles to work everyday. So we certainly spent a lot more last year than in previous years,” said Washington resident Shawn Deal, who was passing through the Rogue Valley on Saturday Afternoon. Deal lives in a small town and must make the most of every trip into the city.
“Any extra trip is always 3 or 4 extra tasks rather than just one,” said Deal.
Other drivers like Evan Coon say they know gas is going up, but they aren’t driving around town to find the lowest price.
“10 to 15 cents a gallon on a fill up of 15 gallons. What’s that? A buck and a half? It’s not a deal breaker, it’s not going to mess up a person that bad, at least I don’t look at it like that,” said Coon.
Coon said things are just more expensive today and gas prices of $3.00 or more are likely here to stay.
“I think it’s just the perception of, ’Oh $3.00 or $4.00, that’s ridiculous’, when it used to be gas wars of 19 cents a gallon,” said Coon.
Deal knows the prices will never drop as low as before, but he hopes driving his hybrid will help stretch every penny.
“I don’t think gas prices will down to where we’ve ever seen them again. I think $3.00 and more is here to stay,” said Deal.
According to AAA, the Oregon average for gas in 2012 was $3.81 cents, which is 14 cents higher than the average for 2011. AAA expects a more moderate prices for the rest of this year.