Gas Prices Up For Holiday Weekend

June 13, 2003
Posted at: 6:54 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Up-and-down like a rollercoaster. That is a good way to describe how gas prices in Region 8 have fluctuated over the last two weeks.

Two weeks ago, the average price of gas was a $1.29. Then, the price went up to $1.43. The price then lowered, and now the average price per gallon of a unleaded gasoline in Northeast Arkansas is back up to $1.37 going into the holiday weekend.

Most gas tanks are now reaching the $20 mark before they are full. The yo-yo effect on prices has drivers wondering what's going on.

"They sure do jump around don't they, and I wonder why?" asked one Jonesboro resident, that wished to remain anonymous.

"Today it could be $1.37 like I just paid," said another customer. "Tomorrow it could be $1.67. I don't understand."

Store managers say they don't make the rules when it comes to pricing their gas for sale..

"We get a call from corporate everyday to go out and get a price survey and we match our competitor," said Kay Cooper, the manager of Jonesboro Flash Market said.

While consumers can't control the rise and fall of gas prices, they may be able to get ahead at the pump. It all begins with making sure your car is up to speed.

"If you've got a poor running car, it's going to take more gas to keep it going," said Bobby Goodson, a local mechanic.

Goodson recommends the following to save two to three miles per gallon in mileage: "The best thing you can do is keep your tires inflated. Proper tune ups, plugs, wires, and fuel filters."