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Gas prices rise for 32 straight days

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Monday marks the 32nd day straight that gas prices have gone up nationwide. Monday marks the 32nd day straight that gas prices have gone up nationwide.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gas prices continue to rise, making it tough for drivers to fill up as they battle where to find the extra money from their budget.

"I go to school at Belhaven so it's very frustrating to go home cause it's like a $20 increase filling my tank up," said student Kylan Pollard.

Monday marks the 32nd day straight that gas prices have gone up nationwide.

"This has no doubt caught many analysts by surprise to be running up this fast, so early in the year," explained AAA Mississippi spokesman Don Redmond.

AAA says they can't point to just one factor causing the upward trend. But analysts believe annual maintenance at the refineries could be happening earlier than usual.

"They start converting over to summer grade gasolines. Summer grade burns cleaner, is less volatile and yet more expensive to make," said Redmond.

During that switch, gas supplies drop and prices rise. It's a reality commuters like Lisa Herrington are forced to accept.

"We don't have any choice, we're still going to have to drive, no matter how much it goes up cause it's not like we're up here on vacation or just driving to have a good time. We're having to go to work and school," said Lisa Herrington who commutes from Simpson to Hinds County daily.

Some say seeking out the best deal is more trouble than it's worth.

"You don't really know whether you're really saving that much money driving down the road looking for a cheaper gas price or just go ahead and bite the bullet and do it wherever you see it," said driver Rob Irwin.

AAA estimates Mississippi will top out at 3.80 for a gallon of regular gas by March.

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