MIAMI (CBS4) – The price at the pump has jumped more than a dime in the Sunshine State since long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“Absolutely ridiculous,” said Carlos Rosaly as he was putting gas in his car.
“I’ve never thought about it before but now, I’m thinking about buying a motorcycle or a scooter just to get me from A to B ’cause its so much cheaper.”
Rosaly said the spike in prices will likely cancel his summer road trip plans.
“I work at a martial arts school, we wanted to go up to Orlando for a tournament,” he said. “But with these prices we had to cancel all that.”
AAA Kendall Manager Nancy Seidner has seen a lot of people change their plans because of the gas prices.
“I see more people traveling more locally like to Orlando and Tampa and not taking the bigger trips that might be out west or up north,” she said.
Nationwide, gas prices have risen about seven cents in the last week to an average of $3.64 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to GasBuddy.com. In Florida, the price increase has been about 12 cents in the last week to the current average of $3.62 a gallon, according to the American Automobile Association.
In Miami-Dade, drivers have seen the price at the pump jump nearly eight cents in the last week to an average of $3.73 for a gallon of unleaded regular. A year ago, the price of unleaded regular in the area averaged about a buck less at $2.74 a gallon. Miami-Dade and West Palm Beach are the most expensive place to fill up in the state.
In Ft. Lauderdale drivers are paying about $3.70 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded compared to $3.62 a week ago. Last year at this time regular unleaded averaged $2.71 a gallon.
Orlando gas stations have some of the cheapest prices in the state, unleaded regular is averaging $3.54 a gallon.
Check out the cheapest gas prices in your neighborhood at FloridaGasPrices.com.