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Gas prices up more than a dime across Capitol Area

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BATON ROUGE - The plunge party is over and gas prices have spiked by more than 10 cents in the last week alone. It's a trend the American Automobile Association suggests will continue.

The AAA expects gas prices to increase this month due to refinery maintenance and decreased production. It's also not uncommon for gas prices to increase 30-50 cents per gallon between early February and the middle of spring.

The average cost in Baton Rouge right now is $1.95, but that price varies dramatically depending on where you're pumping in the Capitol area.

For many drivers, a small price difference makes a big difference, and they're not happy if they're not saving.

"If I can save a dollar or even 30 cents it's worth it," said one driver. "I like to get the most gas for my dollar."

She paid $1.89 at a Shell station off Jefferson, big savings compared to what people spent less than a mile down the street. Drivers pumping unleaded gas at the Chevron near Corporate Blvd are forking over $2.49 per gallon.

"Wherever is convenient," said Lesley Kernan. "I need gas."

The drivers at the station, happily paying almost two and a half bucks per gallon, said stopping wherever is closest is king; even if that means losing two quarters in savings per gallon.

"I [can check prices] in my car, in the travel link feature," said Walter Brock. "But I don't ever look at it, I come here for the convenience because I work real near here."

Prices in Baton Rouge are more than 20 cents less than the national average and despite the uptick in cost, we're still paying a dollar less than this time last year.

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