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MASON CITY, IA – With oil prices climbing 16 percent in the last month, it has been making things difficult for drivers.
Gas prices in our area have seen a small increase but that’s about to change within the next couple of weeks.
Mary Lou Hallorn, a resident and driver in the Mason City area said, “most of the time I stay at home. A lot of the times I go with other people, make them pay for it.”
There’s no escaping this surge especially since it’s only expected to get worse.
The national average for gas prices increased 12 cents in the last week and for many people, especially people who drive for their job, these prices are making life at work pretty tough.
“Depending on how busy it is I fill up usually twice a week,” said Jeff Christie, delivery driver at Jimmy John.
Two trips to the pump per week is a lot of money to be spending on gas, especially when it’s for work.
Christie says he tries to space out his fill ups and he usually gets his gas tank so empty “to where the car starts to sputter.”
Running on fumes is never a good idea but for Christie and the rest of drivers in the U.S. it’s something we will have to get used to.