Motorists cringe at rising cost of gas

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM.

James McDonald of Destin said he has to bare and grit his teeth when he sees gas prices go up. He said he tries to find savings where he can.

A few years ago when prices were on the rise and he worked in Destin, he would carpool with his wife and said they saved about $200 a month. Now that he works offshore in Louisiana, he tries to fill up there or in Alabama because he said prices are usually about 20 cents cheaper than in Northwest Florida.

Rather than driving around looking for the lowest prices like people used to do, McDonald downloaded an app for his iPhone that tracts the cheapest gas.

“It’s kind of been like a game to find where the cheapest gas is, and Niceville has got some really cheap gas,” he said.

Kenneth Nagel of Baker said gas prices are getting tough to handle for most people as incomes stay flat. He said the only thing that makes the increases bearable is how they are made gradually.

“It’s so high anyway, another $2 doesn’t make any difference,” Nagel said. “But when it makes a $5 or a $10 difference at one time, that hurts. That’s when it shows up.

“But right now it’s only $2 or $3 more, and you don’t really realize it,” Nagel added. “Next month they’ll knock it up another 50 cents, and if they do it gradual like that they can get us without us complaining too much. But really, it’s too much. It’s crazy. It’s killing us all.”

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