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Drivers feeling pinch at the pump

OKLAHOMA CITY – You felt it if you filled up your tank lately, the pinch at the pump as gas prices rise.

Lasheba Tucker does a lot of driving.

When she came to fill up her SUV Wednesday, she was shocked when she saw that gas skyrocketed 30 cents overnight.

Many drivers are outraged that they now have to pay close to $4 for one gallon of gas.

“We typically fill up once a week.” Tucker said. “At these prices, it’s going to be $80 a week, $160 every two weeks, that’s almost rent!”

It’s hard to pinpoint the reason for the hike.

Some blame it on higher crude oil prices, others said it’s because the Dow is doing well, or the dollar is gaining strength.

“But still those excuses, those reasons, are pretty lame,” AAA Oklahoma’s Chuck Mai said. “I really don’t see anything that would justify prices rising this much, this quickly.”

Whether you drive a gas-guzzler or something a little more economical, with these prices, everyone’s going to have to make some changes.

“I know that I’m going to be cutting back,” Tucker said. “We will be sitting at the house.”

Money paid at the pump is forcing a lot of drivers to give up those summer plans, like road trips or shopping sprees, frustrating to almost everyone.

“That’s a bit much just for fuel to go back and forth,” Tucker said. “So basically, you’re working to pay for gas.”

You can help save money by keeping your car maintained, like making sure your tires are properly inflated.

If you can get by on regular unleaded, stop buying premium and car-pooling is a big money-saver.

If you’re traveling for Memorial Day or over the summer, gas tracking sites and apps can help you find the lowest gas prices on your trip.