GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - The price of oil dropped below 95 dollars a barrel today, but gas prices have been going up as we head into the summer holidays.
The average gas price in Massachusetts is $3.48 right now according to Gasbuddy online, which is one way to check. But this afternoon 22News stopped at a few different stations in the area to compare prices.
Crude oil is mostly traded in U.S. dollars on the international market, and dropping below $95 dollars per barrel is strengthening the American dollar. But it also makes crude oil less appealing for traders in other currencies making the forecast for fuel less stable. Refineries are also spending money to convert into their summer blend gasoline.
Now travelers are looking at these prices at the pump to see how they will affect their summertime travel plans.
Kyle Demers, of Greenfield said, "We'll probably maybe do a couple trips and that's probably it because the gas prices are just skyrocketing and no one can afford it."
"Probably take my girlfriends car if I drive anywhere, she gets a lot better gas mileage, and try and stick local, not drive as much," said Ryan Leroux, of Greenfield.
Ryan's brother Patrick has a girlfriend that lives in Cape Cod, so he shops for the cheapest station.
The average price seen in Franklin County Friday fell around $3.45 and the lowest was around $3.42.