Gas Prices Continue Creeping Skyward

Even though gas prices continue creeping up, people seem to be dealing with the increase right now, though if the prices continue to increase, they may change their driving habits.

The Department of Energy says gas prices jumped 6-percent this week with the national average at $3.38 a gallon, a 19 cent increase over last week. In Spokane, prices jumped 3.4 cents, averaging $3.14 a gallon with some places as high as $3.30 a gallon.

Dale Divish works at Divine’s Gas Station and says so far he hasn’t heard a lot of frustration about gas prices from customers. But that may change as prices continue to increase.

?I think by the time it gets to four dollars people start getting a little angry about it,? he said.

Mark Fisher from Portland was six hours into his road trip to British Columbia, where he?s headed for some helicopter skiing. He didn?t need gas when he stopped at Divine?s, but he stopped to top off his tank anyway.

?I had three-quarters of a tank, but I am like ?That?s so cheap,? so I am like ?I am going to stop,?? he said.

That’s right. At $3.13 a gallon, Fisher thinks gas in Spokane is a steal of deal. Why?s that? It?s already $3.59 back home in Portland.

If you cringe at the thought of filling up your car, imagine if you had 8. William Grilli owns Coeur d’Alene Delivery and says each truck drives 30,000 miles a month.

?Gas prices impact us significantly,? he said. ?It?s 60-percent of our overhead.?

Grilli said he will continue to do everything he can not to put the increase cost onto his customers, but if gas prices continue to climb, he will have no other option.

?If fuel hits five dollars, I think I will have no choice,? Grilli said about the potential for adding a fuel surcharge to the cost of doing business.

If gas prices continue to climb there is worry that it will slow the country’s economic recovery. Experts say Americans are less prepared to absorb a spike in fuel costs then they were in years past because unemployment is higher and home values are lower.