ROCKY HILL, Conn. — Across the country, prices at the pump continue to gain on that $5 per gallon mark, and experts said it's still unclear when prices will stop increasing.
Some places in Connecticut are already seeing that $5 mark, including in Rocky Hill.
Gas on Cromwell Avenue is $4.89 per gallon but down the road gas is $5.09 per gallon for regular, that's above both the national average and the state's average on Monday.
"It’s just hurting everyone’s pocket in the middle class, it’s getting tough to do business in the state," said Joseph Zdrok of Rocky Hill.
According to triple AAA, Monday's average price across the state is $4.89 per gallon. That's up $0.02 per gallon from Sunday and around $0.20 per gallon from just last week.
Connecticut's average is higher than the national average which is $4.86 per gallon on Monday.
GasBuddy said prices in Hartford are $0.69 per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.81 per gallon higher than a year ago. The price of diesel has risen $0.11 nationally in the past week and stands at $5.62 per gallon.
“After a blistering week of gas prices jumping in nearly every town, city, state and area possible, more bad news is on the horizon. It now appears not if, but when, we'll hit that psychologically critical $5 national average," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
"Gasoline inventories continue to decline even with demand softening due to high prices, a culmination of less refining capacity than we had prior to COVID and strong consumption, a situation that doesn't look to improve drastically anytime soon. Nine states have average gas prices that stand beyond the $5 per gallon mark, with more set to join in the days and weeks ahead. In addition, diesel prices also stand at a record high, a second gut-punch to consumers which pushes prices of most goods higher."
The gas tax holiday in the state is still in effect, which cuts $0.25 off per gallon through December 1.
"Every Monday I come to the gas pump and it seems like the price goes up and up and up every week," said Nicole Sinacori of Rocky Hill.
Experts said they don't expect prices to get better any time soon. The war in Ukraine means millions of Russian oil will stay off the market.
Local drivers said something needs to be done to lower the prices.
"I haven’t really been adding it up but I’m averaging about $300 per week with the amount I drive around for work," said Sinacori.
'It’s getting pretty insane, we went from about $100 a day last year to about $300 a day this year to fill up our landscaping trucks so it’s adding up pretty quick," said Zdrok who also owns a landscaping company.
In order to try and save a few bucks at the pump, it's always smart to sign up for rewards. At some gas stations having their mobile app saves you 10 cents per gallon.
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