As Thanksgiving nears, it is unlikely that consumers will be thankful for rising gas prices, as the cost per gallon is up over fifty-cents since last year.
Bloomington resident Martin McLinn says he tries not to think about it.
“I honestly stopped paying attention to gas prices a while ago,” he says. “It’s just one of those things where it’s a necessary evil. You just have to pay it and just deal with it.”
Greg Seiter, AAA Hoosier Motor Club spokesman says the increases in gas prices are common near holidays because of increases in demand. Seiter says demand for heating oil makes the price of crude oil rise, which has also been up over the last few weeks.
The average price of regular gas in Indiana is at $3.35 per gallon. That’s below the national average according to AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. With a surplus of holiday travelers, high gas prices are likely to hang around until at least the New Year.