Gas Prices Up Nearly 20 Cents In A Week
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
February 04, 2013 5:48 PM
It's no secret that gas prices fluctuate. In September, the average price for a gallon of regular was nearly $3.90. Around New Year's Day, prices dropped to nearly $3.00, meaning filling up could be as much as $20 cheaper.
It's a story we've seen before: gas prices on the rise. But, in South Dakota, the most recent rise was a little shocking.
On Monday last week, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas was $3.17. This week, prices are pushing $3.35, according AAA.
While that's a far cry from the $4.09 drivers were paying in the summer of 2008, the quick increase has some drivers upset.
“You think it's going to come down and it jump's up five cents or ten cents. And you kind of sit there, wondering when are gas prices going to go down. And it never does. It hardly ever does,” said Niko Wright.
Niko Wright has his stuff packed up and is leaving Sioux Falls for Texas.
“It does get pretty expensive driving as far as I'm driving,” said Wright
And while prices are up in South Dakota; prices in Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota are all higher.
The very reason Dave Rollag fills his jeep up in Sioux Falls.
“Well, I come to Sioux Falls because the prices are cheaper here,” said Rollag.
And when putting 25 gallons of gasoline into a car.. 20 cents more a gallon can add up.
With gas prices back on the rise, drivers in the Upper Midwest take notice. Hoping prices don't continue to rise 20 cents every week.
South Dakota is still well below the national average of $3.52 a gallon.