The average price for regular unleaded is now over four dollars and rising. It's forcing some drivers to find ways to cut the costs, even if it means dumping their gas guzzlers.
Locals fueling up are feeling the spike in gas prices. Some drivers we spoke with are finding ways to get around the rising prices.
"When we wanna buy a car that's another factor, what's your mpg, the value of it,
maintenance, the kind of gas it gets," said driver, Jesse Magana.
Jeff Bergman with Lithia Nissan of Fresno says these days gas mileage is key.
"With the gas prices, you're gonna see folks buy the more fuel efficient vehicles," said Bergman.
Bergman says this President's Day, folks are looking to cut costs.
"You see gas guzzlers traded in. We've taken in several this past weekend," said Bergman.
The Potter family lives in Mariposa and is visiting the dealership in hopes of buying a car that will save them some money.
"Anytime we have to come somewhere, it takes us an hour and 15 minutes to get here, so you know that's dinner and what ever we're going to buy at Target...in gas," said Summer Potter.
According to AAA, some gas saving tips include making sure your tires are aired up properly, keeping your air filter clean, avoid taking off too fast, try carpooling and keeping the items in your trunk light.
Meanwhile experts say don't expect prices to fall anytime soon. Summer gas blends, refinery issues and a rise in crude oil will keep prices high.
"Summer's not even here yet. You know, so I can imagine how much higher it can
be by then," said Magana.
Based on historic trends, prices will continue to rise as it heats up.
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