West Virginia gas prices jump

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HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - There's something you've definitely seen, and that's gas prices going up! The average this week in West Virginia is up to $2.69. This has been the largest jump in gas prices for a consecutive week.

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According to the AAA, this is happening due to expensive crude oil prices in the Middle East. Also, this spring season, there's a higher domestic demand.

The national average has increased a nickel, and it's 30 cents more than a year ago.

They also say it's expected that prices will continue to go up during the summer. That's why they have some tips to help drivers save some money. This includes driving slower and possibly using more of public transportation.

"The faster you drive the more fuel you use. For every five miles per hour that you're going over 50, that's like paying like an additional 18 cents per gallon," said Jim Garrity, Public and Community Relations Manager for AAA East Central. "Avoid the quick stops, try carpooling, try using public transportation."

Locals say they've noticed these changes and it's affecting their pockets. 5 News spoke to a delivery driver. He says he has to fill up every other day. He used to spend about $20 to fill his tank when he started. Now, he's spending about $35 when he goes to the gas station.

"It's starting to take a lot to fill up my tank," said Troy Thompson, a delivery driver at Bella Pizza and Italian Restaurant. "It definitely affects the income and not making as much money with the gas prices going up."

The average prices in West Virginia:

$2.712 Bridgeport
$2.696 Clarksburg
$2.728 Huntington
$2.798 Martinsburg
$2.681 Morgantown
$2.539 Parkersburg
$2.704 Weirton
$2.691 Wheeling