ROCKFORD - Like it or not, gas
prices are up significantly in the city of
"I think they're
high all over, but we try to stay competitive," said Linda Heavlin, manager at
the Shell Station on
Heavlin says her customers are talking about the price of gas all the time, and she says they don't know what to make of the spike at the pump.
"You get the people that are optimistic that say, 'Oh, you know at least it's not going up any farther,' or 'you're only three cents higher or lower than somewhere else I've been,'" said Heavlin.
"But then you get the others that may have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed."
prices are at an average of $3.54 per gallon, up 18 cents in just one week, but
the national average doesn't even compare to the price of gas in
pretty significant price increases all across the country, but the most notable
that we've seen looks like it's in the
"Late last week we saw crude oil close around $98 a barrel, and today it's trading close to $97, but even at the current level it's at a position that we haven't seen since May of last year," said Laskoski.
Those rising gas prices are changing the way drivers are filling up says Heavlin.
"I'm seeing a lot more of the twenty dollars, twenty dollars, rather than a fill up," said Heavlin.
"When the prices do drop, then we get more of the 'go ahead and fill the tank.'"
Unfortunately prices aren't expected to drop much soon. Gas price forecasters are saying gas should be flirting with $4.00 per gallon again by springtime.