With Summer Around the Corner the Price at the Gas Pump Continues to Rise Across Northern Michigan

Prices at the gas pump continue to pinch pocketbooks, the state average price, climbing to the highest in years.

And according to AAA with summer around the corner, it will likely continue to increase.

If you’ve gone to fill up your car or truck over the past several weeks, you’ve probably noticed this price continuing to go up. On a statewide average, it’s about $0.50 higher per-gallon than it was at this time last year.

And as the busy summer travel season approaches, the price at the pump is expected to rise over the next few months.

“There’s a lot of talk about it, I think summer’s going to be, there talking even higher possibly, so, not good,” Sir Charles, said.

Who better to ask about gas prices, than “Sir Charles”?

He’s been running the full-serve here in Petoskey for 30 years.

“Check oil, check tires, I do all the extra stuff, I think they like that,” Charles said.

“Prices are on the up yes, I’m not sure exactly why, they do different things with the winter blend and summer blend, there’s a lot going on in our world that affects the gas prices,” Charles, added.

Prices at the pump now inching closer to $3.00 a gallon, leaving us to fork over the extra change.

“I think it’s a little ridiculous, but at the same time it’s the price of inflation, so you got to deal with it,” Robin Johnson, said.

“Going up a little faster than it’d like but you know that’s life,” Karen Lambert, added.

Karen says the price going up, isn’t’ slowing her down.

“If I’m going to travel, I’m going to travel, you might have to cut back somewhere else a little bit, but traveling is what I like to do and it’s not going to slow me down,” Karen, said.

Same goes for 88 year-old Jerry Archer who just drove back from Key West with his wife.

“You know what, I’m just glad there is gasoline here, when I stop. I hope it doesn’t get much worse but, things are what they are,” Jerry, laughed.

$2.90 a gallon is not as painful as many remember paying in the past, but it the highest we’ve seen in the past three years.