Although AAA previously reported gas prices were going to drop, they continue to increase -- and to combat the higher prices, locals are taking advantage of East Albany's cheaper gas.
Carolyn Cooper of Dawson says when she comes towards Albany, she makes sure to gas up at the cheapest stations because her van doesn't get good mileage. Cooper says she's frustrated by the prices that continually increase because they limit her ability to visit her daughter-in-law and more.
Others gassing up on the East side of town say they also travel that way to take advantage of the price difference, which is decided by each individual station.
AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins says gas stations aren't regulated unless there's a state emergency, so the prices usually vary depending on location. Jenkins says most stations look at their area and what they're close to, whether it's an airport or commonly used highway entrance, to decide how high or low to name their price.
Anna Philmon, who lives on the east side, says she thinks the three stations on her side of town have a competition with each other to have the best price, which is why they're always lower than the west side.
Despite saving 10 cents per gallon at East Albany's gas stations, customers all say the same thing: prices are still too high.
Matt Liistro of Poulan says he lives off of social security checks, and the rising gas prices make it difficult for him to get in the car and go without cutting it close.
AAA says don't expect the prices to drop this month; while stations are switching from winter to summer-grade gasoline, the cost will continue to increase.