Lansing Gas Price Spike Concerns Drivers

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Tiffany Parker couldn't believe what she was seeing when she saw the price she'd have to pay for gas.

"I had to look again," said Parker.

On Monday, Lansing's average gas price sat at $3.88, the highest in Michigan and 22 cents higher per gallon than the national average.

The pinch at the pump is especially painful for Parker because she's a resident nurse with a lot of clients, which means a lot of driving. The high prices are making her think twice about her driving habits.

"It's definitely going to affect how I drive," said Parker. "I might start catching the bus."

Linda Campbell is also thinking about changing her driving habits. She pulled into an Admiral gas station south of I-496 running on fumes.

"I said I hope I can put in $25 just to get to the next gas station where hopefully it's cheaper," said Campbell, who commutes from Holt to work.

That $25 didn't even fill up half of her tank.

Gas prices in Lansing haven't been this high since 2008. On April 4 of that year, the average price in the area was $3.41, nearly 50 cents less a gallon than this year. In 2008, prices peaked at $4.24 in July.

If prices got to those levels, or even higher, Parker would have a serious problem.

"I'm worried it's going to be $5 [a gallon]," said Parker. "I think I would stop driving... for a while."

And she probably wouldn't be the only one.


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