It's what drivers have been dreading, but as of today, it has happened. The price of gas has hit $4 in Reno.
With the way gas prices have been surging this month, drivers knew it was coming. Yet, they admit they're still in shock when they see the price of regular unleaded broke the $4 mark in Reno.
"I don't like it, but what can you do?" says Fred Campau, who was getting gas for his vehicle at the Shell station off of Sierra Street and Maple Ave.
Johnny Chao was also filling up at that station, paying $4.09 a gallon for regular unleaded. He also didn't think prices would rise to this level this early in the year.
"It does make a difference when you add it up," says Chao. "You know, when you add it all up at the end of the month. When you start putting it in and driving around. It all adds up."
As of Monday, that Shell station right off of I-80 is the only one that's charging at least $4 for a gallon of regular unleaded. But most of the other stations around town aren't much cheaper. The average price for regular unleaded in Reno is now $3.84, according to AAA's fuelgauge report. That's up 2 cents from the day before and 48 cents higher than just one month ago, when the average price was $3.36 in Reno.
Prices are surging across the nation. Experts say it's caused by the rising price of oil. AAA also says part of the hike can be blamed on the fact that refineries are starting the process of switching over to summer blends of gasoline. Still, they say it's unusual to have this kind of a price spike in February, when demand is relatively low. Traditionally, gas prices rise anywhere from 40 cents to 60 cents a gallon in late March through early May.
Back at that Shell station at Maple and Sierra, the price isn't keeping people from filling up. All afternoon, there's been a steady stream of cars and customers at the pumps. Even those who know it's the most expensive station in town say it's also one of the most convenient.
"I was just looking for one that was close to downtown here," says Fred Campau.
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