Pain at the pump continues as gas prices rise


The association of Convenience stores says gas prices annually go up between April 1 and Memorial Day.

This spring, drivers are paying especially high prices at the pump.

“You always have those flashbacks of when it was really high when it was like $3 or $4 and it cost like $70 to fill my tank,” says Sherilyn Herron from Springfield.

The national average is at $2.81, the highest rate since November of 2014.

“It’s typical this time every year anyway, so you just kind of learn to deal with it,” says another driver, Corina Roy. She tells 22News she spends a lot of time in the car driving her son to hockey games and driving to Boston for work.

Gas prices are expected to continue to rise through Memorial Day, but there are some things you can do to make sure you’re saving money at the pump. One of them is picking the right day of the week to fill up your tank.

A GasBuddy study from January through March shows Monday is the best day to fill up followed by Sunday. That’s also when gas stations are least busy.

Gas stations get the most traffic Thursday and Friday when gas prices are highest.

To save even more, you can use gas rewards cards or cash back credit cards.

“Usually that’s when I would use the credit card because they’re giving you a kickback from the gas,” says Ronald Lafond of Chicopee. “Usually it’s 5%.”

Experts at GasBuddy say prices may be about a dime away from hitting a peak price before they go back down by mid-June. Either way–you should expect to pay more this summer than in years past.

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