Pain at the pump: Expect to pay $4 a gallon by next week

If prices at the pump make you want to holla’ and throw up your hands,  unfortunately it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

“Motorists can expect prices to increase well into spring, ” said AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady. “If the trending continues like last year, we could see pump prices peak in May and then start to retreat.”

Since Jan. 1, retail gas prices have risen steadily in metro Atlanta from an average of $3.27 a gallon to $3.79 a gallon this week. The national average is $3.89 and could hit $4 by the first week of April – for the first time in history, according to Brady.

Georgia’s average of $3.79 and Tennessee’s average price of $3.71 both increased 7 cents from last week while Florida’s average of $3.90 increased 8 cents.

While motorists are feeling the pain, so are retailers, Brady said.

Retailer profit margins in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee average 10 cents to the gallon, meaning the retailer will make less than $1.50 from the fill-up of a 15-gallon gas tank after paying credit card fees. About 76 percent of the cost of a gallon of gas goes to the cost of crude oil, 12 percent to taxes, 6 percent to refineries, and the remaining 6 percent is split between transportation costs and retailer profits, according to Brady. Track gas prices in and around Metro Atlanta. We found a low of $3.71 at QuikTrip, 7390 Jonesboro Rd & Battlecreek Rd. and a high of $4.19 at BP, 3004 Piedmont Rd NE & Pharr Rd.

For my birthday, I’m hoping someone will gift me with a gas card. I’m also cutting back on unnecessary driving to save gas.

What changes have you had to make to adjust to these high gas prices?

112 comments Add your comment

$4.00???

March 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

$4 for a gallon of gas?? are you serious?? why doesn’t the government do something to lower this prices, asap! I’m tired of getting ripped off by big oil companies!

Frankie

March 29th, 2012
1:11 pm

THis is not the first time in history that gas was $4.00 per gallon.
it was $4.00 in 2007 and or 2008.Check your facts…..

Frankie

March 29th, 2012
1:12 pm

July 2008 gas was over $4.00
gasbuddy.com

Horace

March 29th, 2012
1:14 pm

Thanks a lot, Nathan Deal!

Steve

March 29th, 2012
1:25 pm

This has nothing to do with Nathan Deal. This has everything to do with our current President that will not allow us to drill offshore and a lazy Congress that is allowing oil companies to rape us. People need to wake up when it comes to the voting and start putting these people out of office and replace them with people who actually care about getting this country back on it’s feet.

urban redneck

March 29th, 2012
1:25 pm

if we elect newt, it’ll be 2.50.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. what a morooooon.

Derwood

March 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

a whole bunch of idiots wanted change so they are now getting it. We all are getting chance each pay check and that is all that is left to have fun on, just a little change. I wish every senator and representative comes down with the squirts for 7 days. That is about all they can do wiht intelligence they have. We need change, change starting at the White house and ending up with the door greeters. Everyone needs to be barred from Washington and let’s start over.

Not White

March 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

@Steve – yeah, let’s put an idiot like Newt in office. Hey guys, $2 gas. Yeah right, if Bush couldn’t even give us a gas break, why would Obama or Newt be able too?

It’s not on the President alone. Obama can’t help the tensions of Isreal and Iran. That’s just stupidity from Isreal. Why mess with a nuclear powered country that hates Jews? They are asking to start WWIII in my opinion.

ATL_Native

March 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

It’s not Nathan Deal. This is a GLOBAL issue.

It’s not President Obama. More drilling is being done now than at any point in US history. This is a GLOBAL issue.

Want to affect the prices? It’s not at the voting booth but rather at the GAS PUMP.

SImple business. We stop demanding so much. Prices go down. It’s up to the American and Chinese people (who are the #1 consumers of fuel) to cut back on our consumption. PERIOD.

Dr Houss

March 29th, 2012
1:33 pm

Oil companies profits are lower than Apple however you have an administration that said gas prices should reflect Europe and he would bankrupt the coal industry. All are becoming true and this is the change he said he would do and you will reelect this fraud, fake and fool. He is trying to get credit for the oil pipeline which he was not involved because its not on federal land and drilling on federal land has decreased. Its democrats that want high gas prices because of the crazy environmental lobby.
Oil speculators are another issue

Not White

March 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

@ATL_native… glad to see there is a few other people that aren’t stupid enough to believe this is really the President’s fault. Does not matter if you like him or not, he has no control on this issue.

You guys really want to see America improve? Stop being fat lazy f**ks. Stop eating McDonalds and Burger King all the time. Start running and jogging. Start eating healthy. Improving your health will save America billions of dollars. Drug companies don’t want you to get better. That is why they create so many drugs, for profits.

America is to blame for it’s problems. We can’t put everything on China or the President. A lot of the problems are on the public.

Gov’t assistance – come on, give me a break. Let’s just set a maximum number of years people can be elligable for these types of programs.

Jack

March 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

Something for you all to think about….the true root of the increase in gas prices(along with the increasing cost of almost every product in our economy) is the feds quantitative easing policy….printing more dollars to cover the ever increasing deficit hangin over our heads…and until that issue is addressed we will never see any improvement.

Not White

March 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

@Jack – All empires eventually crumble. History repeats itself. History repeats itself (and so do I)

Non traditional student

March 29th, 2012
1:37 pm

I commute 120 miles roung trip to school 4 days a week and it is getting to the point that I can no longer afford to go to school. I am just a year away from graduating with honors, but I will have to commute 5 days a week in the fall and spring and don’t know how I will make it.

Not White

March 29th, 2012
1:38 pm

@ student – what’s your major? Sociology? You are probably better off dropping out. :-p

leg watcher

March 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

I own a huge amount of stock in Exxon ……… let the gas prices soar !

Tammy

March 29th, 2012
1:47 pm

I am so happy gas prices are getting high. It will get people off the roads and on to public transit where they belong. Bring on the 10.00 gas….and yes, I do own Exxon stock.

ninCarlos

March 29th, 2012
1:49 pm

The problem is the system. It used to be they raised prices because people took vacations in the Summer, but they never said schools are out and no buses are running. This is the one problem I have with capitalism. Why raise the price just because demand is high or above average when you have an endless resource. Oil is not the enemy, it’s the people who are in control and use it to their own gain. It’s funny when I moved to Atlanta in 99 gas was .79 cents a gallon. I never heard of the oil companies bragging about how much thier profits were until gas got to over 3 dollars a gallon. That’s no coincidence. Also it’s not the President’s fault. Gas was just as high or higher throughout most of George Bush 1st and 2nd term until at the end when it dropped like a rock in November of 08′. They know we need gas for use and they can charge whatever they want. Until we get serious and say enough is enough things will remain the same. All truck drivers and others need to just shut it down until they agree to charge a fair price for a gallon of gas. Everytime this happens they keep coming up with more and more excuses. Speculators, demand, hurricanes warm weather. How about BS. I feel sorry for those on fixed incomes who can’t afford this.

Keep Your Hope & Change

March 29th, 2012
1:50 pm

This is INSANE! There is no way this country can be stupid enough to reelect Obama! What Hope and What Change has he brought? Still no jobs, and there will be less with gas this high. No one can shop because no one can fill up their tanks! We are NO BETTER now than we were 4 years ago!

What?

March 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

You are telling me the state can’t ease off the tax a little? Give me a break. According to this article, tax is 12%. Maybe not all state tax, but a good bit of it. Anti-tax, anti-tax, anti-tax…oh except for stuff that makes sense.

mark

March 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

Gas prices have little to do with government (not Obama, not Bush, not Nathan Deal) apart from the taxes that remain unchanged in this overall price increase. The price of gas fluctuates with supply and demand and due to speculation. Most of the responders to this thread are idiots.

NotYou

March 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

Yes, blame the pres. The gov and state legislators are loving it.

Carol

March 29th, 2012
1:54 pm

hey it’s spring break week and easter is around the corner….simple answer

Brenda

March 29th, 2012
1:54 pm

More expensive fuel will make people think twice about living a zillion miles out of town. I sure hope y’all enjoy spending all of your hard earned cash to drive back and forth from downtown Atlanta to Grayson, GA. At some point (as it seems like it is getting closer every day) this country will have to wake up and realize that we can’t keep burning through limited resources like we do (or you can, you’ll just pay for it).

Smokewagon

March 29th, 2012
1:57 pm

In his own words Obama’s energy sec. Chu said that we must get our gas prices in line with Europe which is not at about $10 a gallon. Short sighted people don’t realize that the price of fuel affects every commodity that we purchase for our daily lives. These people will blindly follow their Democratic candiatate to hell if he decides leads them there. Tammy – I hope you donate some of your saved commute time to the local food bank beacuse more and more people will need them if you have things your way. Very thoughtless.

Homer Simpson

March 29th, 2012
1:57 pm

its the idiot enviro-wackos oil…bad, coal…bad, nuclear…bad,I have yet to see one of those idiots give up their car or things made from oil or live in a home powered by wind or solar

gassadawg

March 29th, 2012
1:58 pm

5 bucks anyone !!! jus dew it!, 10 yea make it ten or theres got a be a reason, its suppose to rain this weekend, yea thats it, its gonna rain, and theres a Hurricane some where in the near future, that too! yea thats it.Hurricane and rain and winter summer blends ……..

Tammy

March 29th, 2012
2:00 pm

I can’t wait for people to feel the pain at the pump. They made their poor decisions regarding their proximity to their work now they can enjoy fuel instead of food. McDonalds always has some pink slime to serve.

Wondering

March 29th, 2012
2:05 pm

If Oil can’t be controlled by the government and oil companies should be able to charge whatever they want because of free enterprise,why is it taxed at 12%? Besides a sales tax,I’m not charged MORE for anything else I buy at that amount.
We are being duped.

Tammy

March 29th, 2012
2:06 pm

We should probably pray for lower gas prices, I bet that would work.

jebbery

March 29th, 2012
2:09 pm

@not white Yeah, it’s stupid to want to defend your country from a nuclear attack…just stupid.

Non traditional student

March 29th, 2012
2:13 pm

@ Not White–I am a Middle Grades Education Major hoping to change world, one child at a time.

leon caldwell

March 29th, 2012
2:14 pm

thanks OBAMA!

reebok

March 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

First, gasoline is a commodity. That means the price is determined by supply and demand. In this case, we also have the additional upward pressure on worldwide prices caused by tensions over the Iran situation. Additional drilling on US soil (or offshore) will do nothing to lower gas prices…Saudi Arabia could adjust their supply downward by the same amount as we produce additionally, for a net zero effect. Venezuela could do the same, as could Kuwait. We are already producing more oil and using less than we were 4 years ago, but that hasn’t moved the needle on prices because we are too small a part of the global equation considering the fast growth of economies in India and China, to name just 2. As for my own presonal supply-and-demand issue, I bought a new Nissan Versa as a commuter car. The cost savings between my SUV that uses mid-grade vs. an economy car using regular will cover the car payment, so basically I now have an extra car for free.

mystery poster

March 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

TIME magazine said that the US has plenty of oil, but apparently over the past few years 16 refineries have closed down due to a lack of profit. So, fewer refineries = less gas which is one factor in the prices we see.

mugglemikki

March 29th, 2012
2:16 pm

Tammy and Brenda, not everyone can afford to live in the “city” near public transportation.

Brenda

March 29th, 2012
2:21 pm

Sure they can, “The Bluff” area is quite affordable. Just remember to duck when you hear the gun going off.

atlantafan

March 29th, 2012
2:23 pm

how about $15 a gallon??? that would be interesting!

War Eagle Kree

March 29th, 2012
2:28 pm

All you people wanted “change” you got it alright. You now are stuck with pocket change and not enough to spend at the pump. How ya like them apples?!

Jamal

March 29th, 2012
2:29 pm

I like how people get on these posts and want to blame the price of gas on the president. I don’t care if it’s Obama or if it were Bush, the president has nothing to do with the price of gas.

Sandboxvet

March 29th, 2012
2:32 pm

Want to lower the price of gas? Drive a 2-3 mph slower. Statistics show that reduces our consumption millions of barrels of oil/day. That increases inventory and drives down the price of fuel even if demand from China is up. Want to stick it to the oil Sheiks? Simply slow down. It’s totally in your sphere of influence. Problem is most American’s attitude is “Ill drive what I want as fast as I want.” That equals $4/gal gas.
Very simple solution…

War Eagle Kree

March 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

Uhh Jamal, I hope your not serious, yes it does. Gas prices were never this high when Bush was in office, end of story.

Andre

March 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

Why isn’t there a cap on the cost of gas? This just doesn’t make sense.

that's goofy

March 29th, 2012
2:37 pm

Great – now even more motorists will be jealous of me while I am riding my bike.

KPH

March 29th, 2012
2:38 pm

How could Obama blame Bush for high fuel prices and run much of his campaign on this rhetoric and it not be his fault when he is in office and the price is even higher? Could there be some media bias here? Of course there is! And oh NOTHING is NObama’s fault to the uninitiated! Research before opening your mouth and before entering the voting booth this time. PLEASE!

just me

March 29th, 2012
2:42 pm

What gets me is all the stuff being said on here that don’t even have anything to do with the price of gas. I don’t get why someone would put down a student who is trying to make their life better by going to school. That is just ridicious and stupid. I commend those who are trying to make this a better world and giving their all to it. The price of gas hurts all of us one way or another so why don’t those who have stupid things to say about this issue just think before they speak.

Eyes

March 29th, 2012
2:49 pm

Read!!!!!! Read!!!! Read before saying this has anything to do with President Obama. I thoguht the same when Bush was in office….they have nothing to do with this!!!!!!

DB

March 29th, 2012
2:53 pm

In November we bought an electric car and have since spent $80 in electricity to go 4000 miles. Toss a few solar panels on the house and I drive for free. There are alternatives.

Jeremy Clarkson

March 29th, 2012
2:57 pm

Stop whining – it’s $8-9 per gallon in Europe. Of course a few years ago, it was $4-5 in Europe and that was unthinkable too.

One of the definitive American pastimes is standing at a gas pump to fill up a vehicle the size of a small apartment – simply to enable you to visit the nearest drive-thru window for a burger without having to get off your duff.

David

March 29th, 2012
2:59 pm

When you have a president with the kind of energy policies that this clown has, what do you expect people? He absolutely should not be re-elected but he probably will, since the republican party does not seem to have a viable candidate either. And no matter which clown gets elected, the rest of the circus will still be seated in congress. Like Jay Leno said, if God had meant for us to vote, he would have given us a candidate. All that said, I will vote, and it will not be for the incumbent clown, it will be for a new, different clown. I recommend you all do the same.