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Chicago-area residents face pain at the pumps as gas prices soar – NBC Chicago

Americans have been feeling the pain at the pumps for the past few weeks, and residents have been shocked not only by skyrocketing gasoline prices, but how quickly they have done so.

At gas stations across America, prices are skyrocketing, reaching record highs and forcing residents to make tough decisions about how much fuel they will drive.

“I notice the change, like in my bank account, and I’m not saving as much money as I normally would,” said Chicago resident Raul Gonzalez. “I used to fill it for maybe $60, and now it’s going up to $80 to fill it.”

Gonzalez says he drives to work every day, but that will change if prices continue to rise.

“At five bucks a gallon, I would start taking the bus, just because it’s basically a round trip,” he said.

In Illinois, gas prices are already at an average of $4.43 a gallon, according to AAA. In Indiana, things are a little better, but prices were still over $4 a gallon in Lake County.

While President Joe Biden has announced that oil imports from Russia will be banned, there is no sign that prices will fall anytime soon, but many locals say the temporary increase would be worth it if it hurts the economy. Russia’s war against Ukraine.

“I would be willing to take on a bit more of a burden to help with that,” said one driver. “They are oppressed. Being able to help an underdog group I feel is definitely worth spending a few extra pennies or dollars.

Even still, there are ways to get the best value for money when it comes to energy efficiency. Experts offered a variety of advice to NBC 5, including slowing down, removing extra weight from your vehicles and getting oil changes regularly.

There could be good news on the horizon as experts say price increases will likely start to slow after the initial shock to oil markets, but those rates will continue to rise, most believe.

“Russia might decide to do something that might change the math, but for now we will continue to see prices go up in most states,” said Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy.

NBC Chicago

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