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Get Some Help At The Pump

Lately, everything seems to be spiking up in prices, but the most noticeable thing to grow in price is gas. In fact, this week alone, regular gas and diesel prices have broken past records in the United States, making the current cost for gas the highest it’s ever been in history. But this begs the question: Why are prices going so high so fast?

Well, there are many reasons, but the biggest being the Russian invasion in Ukraine and inflation in the States. Because of the invasion, Russia has struggled to sell crude oil, which has always been a large determining factor in gas prices. Without that crude oil, our gas prices sky rocket. In some parts of California, prices are around $7.00, in Nevada and the area immediately around the state, the cost is about $6.00, and in the Midwest and the Gulf Coast prices are $4.00 and up.

It’s been estimated that prices will continue to rise throughout the year, especially considering that President Biden has put an official ban on Russian crude oil and gas imports as of March 8th. As for specifics for gas prices, the GasBuddy’s 2022 gas forecast stated that average prices may peak in May, reaching $4.25 and higher later on in the year.

No one knows for sure when prices will go back down, but most estimate it will take months before that happens, and that depends on the situation in Ukraine. A growing majority of people are demanding gas tax to be stopped due to the rising prices. At the moment though, nothing much is able to be done.

In the meantime, to find the best deals on gas U.S.News & World Report suggests you try downloading apps like GasBuddy, Gas Guru, Waze, AAA TripTik Travel Planner, MapQuest or GetUpside.

 

By Sasha Gonzalez, Junior, Chiarts

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Written by Sasha Gonzalez

Sasha Gonzalez is a junior creative writer at Chi Arts majoring in fiction writing. She's a sucker for baked sweets, good sci-fi and fantasy, and loves reading webcomics. She adores all sorts of animals and is the owner of a cat named Mocha.

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