The feeling was one repeated around most of the country as the cost of a gallon of gas shot up closer to $4.
“I didn’t even know it was this much until I pulled up,” Wright said while at the pumps at the Kangaroo Express near the intersection of the Rome Bypass and Calhoun Road where a gallon of gas costs $3.72.
The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.73 on Monday according to the Automobile Association of America. Prices have risen for 32 straight days and are at a four-month high, the agency reported.
“I drive at least 30 minutes just to get to work and back. I usually put about $10-15 in my tank a day,” Wright said. “But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get to work, right?”
Wright, who is from Cave Spring, said she had been driving a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee that cost nearly $80 to fill up but has been driving her mom’s car since her’s broke down.
“Luckily, it doesn’t cost that much,” she said. “It’s only $40 to $50 to fill it up.”
Several spots around town Monday were at $3.72 for a gallon of regular unleaded, including Kangaroo Expresses on North Broad, Garden Lakes Boulevard and Shorter Avenue.
The Favorite Market at 1389 Redmond Circle had gas for $3.65 a gallon while Hi-Tech Fuel just down the street at 1810 Redmond Circle had it for $3.71 a gallon.
A gallon of regular was going for $3.72 at Kroger on Turner McCall Boulevard, where Jennifer Harris of Rome was getting gas.
“It’s really hard on the budget,” Harris said of the rising cost of gas. “Being a single mom with two kids, having to take them to school and working 32 hours a week, it’s hard.”
Harris said she does enjoy it when the price goes down, which she is hoping happens the closer it gets to summer.
In the meantime, she will work to adjust her budget in order to accommodate the high prices at the pump.
“With the high gas comes high groceries so I don’t go to the grocery store as often and when I go I stick to my list,” Harris said. “Before, when gas was lower, I could go a little bit over on my groceries but now I can’t.”
The price of oil hovered below $96 a barrel Monday, weighed by data released late last week, which showed that U.S. industrial production weakened and Europe remained mired in recession.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.