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Gas prices increasing again after August decline

September 03, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

Gas prices are on the rise again after falling throughout the month of August, according to surveys.

The average price of regular grade gas in Hagerstown Monday was $3.63 a gallon, up from the $3.55 average a week ago, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report online at fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com.

The national average rose from $3.54 to $3.59 per gallon, and the state of Maryland’s average rose from $3.54 to $3.55, the report said.

The fluctuation of prices has hit some local residents.

Donte Wilson of Hagerstown said that the prices are not much of a problem as long as he factors it into his budget.

“One week it’ll be down 10 cents, the next week it’s up 15 cents,” he said. “That’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but they keep going up and down, so you’ve got to definitely put it in your budget so you can plan for it.”

Wilson, 39, said he has plans to go to Myrtle Beach, S.C., soon, but travels less whenever possible to deal with gas prices.

Mike Shimel, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., and works in Hagerstown, said he had to get a bigger car this year after he and his wife had another child. The bigger car, coupled with the commute to Hagerstown, have meant gas prices have had an impact on him, he said.

“It’s really kind of killed me ... this year,” Shimel said.

Although prices are beginning to rise again, they are still lower than they were this time a year ago nationwide and locally, according to the Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

In Hagerstown, prices ranged from $3.49 a gallon on Monday at the Pilot Travel Center on Halfway Boulevard, to $3.68 a gallon at the Sheetz stations on East Washington Street, Potomac Avenue, Eastern Boulevard and South Potomac Street, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder online at aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx.

Mid-grade gas was at $3.77 a gallon, premium $3.93 and diesel fuel $3.95 in Hagerstown on Monday.

With the Labor Day weekend now over, the demand for gas prices is expected to decrease, according to AAA in its Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch. That and crude oil prices are expected to have in impact on gas prices in the area over the next few weeks, the auto club said.

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