Gas prices continue to rise in Phoenix, leaving Ahwatukee Foothills residents frustrated but compliant.
"I think they're outrageous," said Mike Scheid, 59. "You have to do what you've got to do. Am I going on any long trips these days? Probably not. But you have to go to the grocery store and you have to go here and you have to go there and pay bills and work and everything else."
Scheid, who is employed by Spencer 4 Hire Roofing, said he depends on his work van to get him to work. It can cost about $75 to fill it up.
"Following continued unrest in the Middle East and a considerable rise in crude prices, motorists can expect the price of gasoline at the pump to rise in the coming days," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona.
Nationwide the cost of gas is at $3.287 per gallon, according to AAA, and is increasing daily. Phoenix residents are paying an average of $3.263. A year ago, gas in Phoenix cost around $2.61 per gallon.
"Until the market calms down, I don't think prices will decrease," Gorman said. "Prices increased 2 percent over night."
In fact, Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, says he expects prices to come near $4 per gallon by Memorial Day.
"It does bother me a lot," Johnnie Cunningham said as she filled up her minivan. "I am retired; I have a fixed income. I think it's ridiculous. You've got to get to where you've got to get. There isn't a bus route that satisfies. Besides that, I can't walk well enough to get to a bus stop so I really have no choice."
Though residents may not have a choice about buying gas, they can do a few things to try and conserve it. Gorman suggests finding cheaper gas prices but avoiding driving great lengths to save a few pennies. Keeping tires properly inflated improves gas mileage, but Gorman cautions to follow the gas pressure mentioned in your car's manual rather than what is on the tire. Finally, going the speed limit will conserve gas as well. This includes avoiding abrupt starts and stops and idling in traffic. Combining errands into one trip will help save a few dollars, too, she said.
There are plenty of websites that aim to help residents find the cheapest gas possible. Phoenixgasprices.com, a branch of gasbuddy.com, has a complete list of gas prices with a map to show where the stations are located. The website also offers 10 tips for saving fuel.
Two other websites, Gasprices.mapquest.com and AAA's "Fuel Finder" online, allow users to enter an address or ZIP code and locate the cheapest gas within a few miles. Visit http://www.phoenixgasprices.com/tips.aspx for 10 tips to saving fuel.