FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A gas analyst says gas prices in Northeast Indiana were the highest in the state.
Gas reached $4.08 Tuesday. It's not the first time gas prices have reached over $4, and gas analysts say it's only going to shoot higher.
“This is not going to be a good day!” Jamin Ernst said that was his reaction when he saw the prices Tuesday morning.
“It’s outrageous! Outrageous!” said Mary Miller of Topeka, Ind.
“It's pretty high,” said Chris Owens. “I got to run premium so it’s $4.18.”
Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst for Gasbuddy.com, says $4.09 was the highest reported price in the state, and it came from a gas station in Northeast Indiana.
“I live in Topeka and I try to get gas down here because it's actually about 20 cents cheaper,” Miller said.
According to Gasbuddy.com, the lowest gas price in Fort Wayne can be found at Clark, 3220 Wayne Trace & Drexel Ave, for $3.78. DeHaan said prices in Indianapolis only peaked at $3.99 per gallon. The national average is $3.84, but ABC news reported California having the highest in the country with $4.36 per gallon.
DeHaan says he predicts gas reaching between $4.45 and $4.50 by the end of summer.
“Might have to cancel a couple trips,” said Owens.
Ernst says he and his family were also planning summer vacations, but with rising gas prices, they might not be able to happen.
“I’ve been budgeting a little bit,” Ernst said. “We’re actually trying to find some friends to go with us just to help pay some of the gas, pay for some of those expenses.”
Ernst also has his own construction and landscaping service he shares with his brother. He says he's already had to raise customer rates, but is considering more alternatives to cope.
“I'm actually looking for another truck that gets better gas mileage,” Ernst said.
DeHaan offered no real explanation as to why gas prices rose by nearly 25 cents overnight. He said it’s “mysterious” and that he is “scratching his head” as well. He contributed the issue to station competitiveness and says it could be part of the normal price cycle. However, DeHaan agrees prices are too high and says they will probably lower in the next few days.
“You got to pay it to survive,” said Mike Cartwright. “That's the only thing you can do. What else are you going to do?”
“Either way people are going to drive places,” said a young woman pumping gas. “Got to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’.”
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