Spike In Gas Prices Put Nevadans In A Pinch

RENO, Nev. -- Gas prices are skyrocketing nation-wide and Nevada is no exception. It is the peak of the driving season so gas is in high demand. It's not a matter of how much gas prices have increased, but more of how fast it has increased. There are signs that show this is the peak of gas prices this season.

The average gas price in Nevada is $3.68, which is a ten cents higher than the national average.

According to ABC News, there are many factors to the jump at the pump. The drought has crippled corn production, which means higher ethanol prices, old pipelines breaking down and refinery problems in the west coast and the Great Lakes and the tensions in the middle east all account for the rise.

With the upcoming elections later this year, everyone's eye is on the issue of gas.

Some ways to save some money this season is to change driving habits: drive less, drives slower, check the air pressure on tires and use air conditioning as little as possible. GasBuddy is offering a free application for smart phones where people can type in their zip codes and it will find the cheapest gas prices in their neighborhood.

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