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Published May 03, 2013, 10:44 PM

Gas prices on drivers' minds as summer inches closer

The busiest travel season of the year is here leaving some drivers paying extra attention to gas prices.

The busiest travel season of the year is here leaving some drivers paying extra attention to gas prices.

The average price of a gallon of gas in North Dakota has dropped about 30 percent from this time last year but it's the up and down that drivers are noticing. Drivers I spoke with say they want lower gas prices and more consistency.

Local gas station employees hear no shortage of complaints from drivers about gas prices.

Chris Dietrich: "They do not like them. They kind of blame me for it."

Mike Pemberto: "Gas prices are ridiculous."

Though the average price has dropped somewhat this year it's the jumping up and down that's leaving drivers frustrated.

Roy: "I know it's less than it was last year but it's still more than it was two weeks ago."

Mike: "When it goes up and down, fluctuates like it is, then it's a questionable subject gasoline."

Chris: "It was at 3.70 something, then it jumped down to like 3.40, went back up to 3.59."

Roy Sander, who pays about $65 to fill up his truck, says whether up or down, prices won't affect his routine.

Roy: "I'm going to still travel the same as I always do. Both for business and for pleasure."

Some tips for staying on top of your gas budget...

Chris: "Don't drive that much."

Roy: "Drive the speed limit."

Others say carpooling is the way to go.

Mike:" We believe in carpooling. As long as you can get along with your riders, and especially your driver."

At some stations around town, gas rose more than ten cents since this morning. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in North Dakota right now is about $3.59.

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