While gas prices collectively across the state remained the same this weekend, Lubbock is paying above the state average at the pump. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel scouted out gas prices to see how our average in Lubbock compared across the state and the nation.
Experts say crude oil prices have reached over 70-dollars a barrel because of strong summer demand, tight inventories and ongoing Middle East violence. But even with climbing prices, a recent survey shows demand is up. The survey also says 77-percent of people have noticed the changed in their budgets, but they have not made changes in their driving habits.
Here's what some drivers had to say today at the pumps.
"They're getting too high here. I'm going to have to get me a horse or a scooter, one of the two."
"It won't hurt me so bad because I have a small car. So it won't hurt me as bad right now."
"Maybe when it's more it probably will. We had to cut down on buying clothes and accessories and going out. Try not to drive and plan everything to make it go right."
According to AAA, the national average is at $3.00 a gallon. The Texas state average is $2.91 a gallon. The average we found here in Lubbock was much higher than other Texas cities at about $3.02. Right now, Texas is just five cents away from hitting our high gas price record. The record was set last September after Hurricane Katrina.
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