By Ashley Weigel
Lansing Star Staff Writer
LANSING- While still below the state average, the Lansing area gas stations have seen a significant raise in gas prices in the second week of March.
The average price of gas in Lansing fell steadily from February 24 until March 10, and with another slight drop on March 13 only to spike up again on the 17th, according to Gasbuddy.com.
While the prices drop at a steady rate, each time the prices rise they spike up at a fast rate. The worst recent case of this was seen on March 10 when prices rose 33 cents overnight, according to Gasbuddy.com’s information about Lansing gas prices.
This trend isn’t unique across the state; Ann Arbor and Flint have been seeing the same fluctuation throughout the past two months. The average gas prices for the state have also been on the rise.
Nationally, gas prices are one of the most important factors in household finances. Households across the country responded to a Pew Research survey, and 64 percent said that gas prices have a huge effect on their finances. This was more than the 58 percent who said prices for food and other goods affected their households most.
As of March 19, Lansing area gas stations broke $4 a gallon, although most of them stayed in the $3.90-$3.80 region. The lowest price in the area on March 19 was $3.65 per gallon, which is 4 cents below the national average, according to AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
Drivers in the area should be relieved in a couple of days, if the past year’s trends hold true. Based on the trends from the past year, the gas prices should be going back down in about a week.