Posted: Feb 18, 2014 4:59 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Feb 18, 2014 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gas prices are rising in south Louisiana, but are still down significantly from this time last year.
Some commuters say the price at the pump is painful in Baton Rouge, where the average is $3.17 per gallon, up five cents from last month. Despite the rise, gas is still about 50 cents cheaper than this time last year according to the American Auto Association.
The price of gas still has some drivers being conservative. As travel picks up for the spring and summer, AAA says a gradual increase is expected to continue because a less polluting "summer grade" of gasoline is being produced.
Some drivers told News 2 it will play a role in their travel destinations.
"It's hard when you're trying to take your child on a vacation and you have to think about $200-300 you have to put in your gas tank, trying to get there and back," said Wintressa Richard.
AAA says summer grade gasoline is supposed to burn cleaner and produce less pollutants than winter grade gasoline.