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Gas prices are surging statewide, experts advise to prepare to spend more

Gas prices have increased nationwide as oil prices reach a seven-year high.

YORK, Pa. — When it comes to gasoline, Central Pennsylvanians are feeling the pinch at the pumps.

"I can see they went up from the last time I bought gas which was like August," traveler Mark Lucas said. 

According to AAA, as of Oct. 11, the state average for gas is $3.42 a gallon which is 15 cents higher than the national average of $3.22 a gallon.

Experts say the reason for the surge is due to increasing oil prices as last week they surpassed $80 per barrel, the highest in seven years.

"Data from the EIA reported that we added over three millions barrel to our supply, but our demand is triple that," AAA's Doni Lee Spiegel said. 

For some, rising prices is a blow to their wallets.

"As a college student, I don't have that much money to be spending on gas, so it's just taken a lot out of my paycheck," traveler Sophie Granbois said. 

According to Gasbuddy.com, some ways to save money at the gas station include:

  • Joining gas station loyalty programs to get the best discounts.
  • Know the best day to buy gas which is usually Mondays. Weekends are the worst to buy gas, as prices usually increase.
  • Plan trips ahead of time.
  • Don't buy premium grade fuel unless your car requires it. 
  • Pay cash for gas as many gas stations charge transactional fees as part of credit and debit card purchases.

Experts predict gas prices will surge again in Pennsylvania with travelers paying at least $3.50 per gallon.

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