Area motorists feeling the effects of this week’s spike in gas prices

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:26 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2012

People wait in their vehicles for a last chance to get gasoline for less than $4. Gas was still $3.859 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel at the Admiral Petroleum Co. on M-57 on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Gasoline prices jumped nearly 30 cents on Tuesday, causing people to frantically find a gas station that had yet to raise its prices.

Gas in Greenville was around $3.859 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel on Tuesday morning. That was not the case when early afternoon rolled around.

“I’m in shock,” said Kathy Marshall as she filled up her vehicle’s tank at the BP station on the corner of M-57 and M-66, where gas was $4.149 for regular unleaded fuel.

To try to save money at the pump Marshall said she tries not to drive as much and just do things she has to do.

But in all reality, she said she still has to get gas.

“I just have to deal with it,” Marshall said of gas price increases.

Kathy Marshall fills her gas tank at the BP gas station on the corner of M-57 and M-66 on Tuesday afternoon. She paid $4.14 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel.

Marshall said she went into Greenville to check out gas prices, but the lines at the few gas stations that did not raise their prices yet were too hectic.

One gas station that kept its prices at $3.859 until later in the afternoon was the Admiral Petroleum Co. located on West Washington St. in Greenville.

Cars lined its parking lot for most of the afternoon so people did not feel it as much in their pocketbooks.

“I don’t go as many places as I would do if the gas prices were lower,” said Deb Codling.
She waited in the line at the gas station to save 30 cents per gallon.

Sasha Hall did the same thing and said because of the hike in gas prices, she tries to walk as many places as she can.

“It extremely affects my lifestyle,” said Esther Remelts, who also waited in line at the Admiral station. “I try to do as many things as I can in the same trip.”

Nancy Cain, spokeswoman for AAA Michigan, said as of Wednesday afternoon, gas prices were on average $4.069 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel. She added there are certainly many stations that are $4.159, $4.169 and $4.179.

“(We) don’t know how much higher it will go up, but they are likely to go up a bit more,” Cain said. “Hopefully not too much higher, but it’s hard to say exactly because there are so many factors (that make it go up).”

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