Gas Prices Prevent Texans From Spring Break Travel
POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 7:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:40am
EL PASO — High gas prices are affecting many El Pasoans' budgets, their spending and their spring break plans.
The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.76, across Texas it's $3.59 and in El Paso it's $3.66.
The price is up 14 cents from just a week ago.
Prices have Texans staying close by for spring break..
According to AAA, 54 percent of Texans are planning a trip which is down from 62 percent from last year.
Also, 58 percent of Texans plan to stay within the state, compared to 47 percent last year.
"Gas dictates a lot of our spending and our budgets nowadays,” said Jalissa Morales with AAA El Paso. “It does affect families when it comes to their vacation time."
Some drivers said the prices are high, but it's not stopping them from taking a road-trip.
"We're headed to Phoenix tonight so we'll see, we have to pay them to fill up either way," said driver Carlos Aguilar. "I think people are still going to pay for it.”
Other drivers said they are changing their habits to save money.
"It does make a difference on how we think about driving," said Rudy Perez. "We're probably going to have to be a little smarter on road trips here and there."
Experts said average prices will rise as high as $4.25 across the country by late next month.
Rising crude oil prices are being blamed for the increase. Tension with Iran is having a major affect on crude oil prices.