Gas prices went up again in Baton Rouge last week, this time by 7.5 cents per gallon.
The surge in average retail gas prices in the capital city means that if you filled up last week at the gas pump, you probably paid somewhere around $2.55 per gallon.
Gasoline price website GasBuddy.com surveyed 361 gas outlets in Baton Rouge and found that local gas price rose almost twice as much as the national average last week.
According to GasBuddy.com, the average national gas price ” increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.92″ per gallon.
GasBuddy.com also surveyed summer travelers and found that only 58 percent said they would take a road trip this summer.
That number is down from 82% last year and 39% of respondents said higher gas prices impacted their upcoming travel decisions.
“For all those that have said summer travel will be unaffected, we offer thousands of respondents who have strongly indicated that’s not true, especially as gas prices continue to climb,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “For the first time in years, the annual GasBuddy Summer Travel Survey revealed that higher prices are hurting the tradition of the summer road trip as we near a national average of $3 per gallon. It’s no shock as we continue to see price hikes in 49 of the nation’s 50 states in the last week. And what rings true is that with such a big jump in prices, motorists are absolutely becoming more price conscious as they make plans this summer. High gas prices are starting to eat away at the travel plans of many, and the number will likely rise as gasoline prices appear poised to continue moving higher in the weeks ahead.”
You may view up-to-date, live fuel price averages at http://FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com.