Romeo Trevino is outraged that gasoline prices have soared to record-breaking prices.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Trevino as he was pumping gas at Yu Mi’s Citgo. “I usually go on a trip every year…but this year I can’t go.”
Trevino said he used to fill up his truck with about $50 and with gas prices taking a hike, he is now paying about $80.
Trevino said the family vacation trip will be cut short because of gas prices and he will probably take his family to a closer destination such as San Antonio. Throughout the country, including Texas, prices continue to increase as the cost of a barrel of oil also goes up. Locally, unleaded gasoline prices vary from $3.79 to $3.84 with diesel prices closer to $5 at about $4.64. As of Thursday evening, Citgo’s Yu Mi’s had unleaded gasoline for $3.79, H-E-B, Murphy USA and Valero on Texas Boulevard were selling unleaded for $3.83, Valero on Cameron Street and Texas Star on East Main were selling unleaded gasoline at $3.84.
According to AAA Texas, their members have adjusted spending habits to save money on gas.
The survey found that those with annual incomes of less than $50,000 were likely to combine errands, reduce speed for better fuel economy or check tires for proper inflation.
“There is no doubt that gas prices are having a big impact on many Texans,” said Mark Bell, regional vice president and general manager for AAA Texas in a written statement. “Drivers are changing how they drive and how often because of the relentless upward swing in gas prices.”
Maria Lopez, another resident, said she has had to dip into her food budget to make up for gasoline prices.
“It’s very expensive, they should lower them,” said Lopez, who drives a Chevrolet Suburban. “Pretty soon we won’t have enough to eat.”
Elda Soto said she is also on a tight budget because of the increase in gasoline prices.
“It’s bad, bad…I’m in a low-income (situation) and putting gas in my truck is costly,” she said as she made her way into a Dollar General store. “That’s why I have to shop at the dollar store.”
Resident John Vasquez said he doesn’t have a choice and at whatever cost, he has to buy the gasoline. Because of the increase in gasoline prices, Vasquez said he stopped driving around town with friends.
“Just spend more money, they put a price and we have to buy it,” Vasquez said. “I don’t drive around town as much as I used to. It’s crazy.”