Prices are soaring
Motorists say if gas reaches $4 a gallon, they will start making significant changes

By Jack Money Published: April 3, 2008
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How will you respond to gasoline prices of $4 a gallon when they happen?

Motorists filling vehicles with gasoline in Oklahoma City said they'd eliminate spending on hobbies, find other lines of work, park their vehicles and walk or try to take the bus.

"I'll walk, bum a ride, whatever I have to do,” said Anthony Barclay of Oklahoma City. "I move around in the evenings, so the bus doesn't really run when I need it.”

It's been October since motorists have seen prices below at least an average of $3 a gallon for any length of time.

And since the start of the year, those prices have been edging ever higher.

On Wednesday, in fact, prices went back to the all-time record for the national average for the cost of a gallon of gasoline, at nearly $3.29 a gallon.

Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, said Tuesday trying to predict where gasoline prices are headed right now is difficult.

"I'd rather be in Las Vegas betting the tables,” Mai said. "I think I'd have better luck.”

Mai said this is "that very delicate time of the year” when refineries have geared down and cleaned out and are preparing to ramp back up to produce summer grade blends of gasoline.

"Last year, this process was nothing but trouble ...” he said. "We paid the price for it — literally.”

"So far this year, we haven't heard of any problems.



Money Pinching

What will you do to save?
If gasoline ends up costing $4 a gallon, then I'll make fewer trips into town for dinners, try to do everything I need to get done in just one round trip, and try to telecommute a little bit more.

I want to know what you will do, too.
E-mail me at jmoney@oklahoman.com.

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