Gas Prices Prevent Texans From Spring Break Travel


POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:19pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 7:40am

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.

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This will not only stay during the spring but in the summer time as well. The expected gas price could range hardly to $5-6 USD! This is a big expense to our pocket. And come to think of it, if there is something that will make just about every person miserable, it is high gas costs. The price at the pump is climbing as of late and shows no sign of slowing. Congress wants limits on oil conjecture, in order to curb rampant increases in the cost of oil and therefore, fuel. Source of article: Congress out to limit oil speculation to curb gas prices. Let's just hope that this will not continue to rise the whole year.

The price at the pumps is the reason I am staying home. Like the gentlemen said we just have to be a little smarter when it comes to road trips. Texas may be a bit cheaper than other states but it is still alarming. Spring break will be a quiet one this year, but you just have to make wise choice and travel another time, hopefully when the price of gas takes a plunge.

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