Rising Oil Prices Hit Holiday Travelers

Nearly 39 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home to indulge in Thanksgiving dinner.

With gas prices sky rocketing, it’s hard for families to fill their grocery carts and their tanks.

Newville Resident Jackie Bryant says, "It’s gonna’ affect my wallet quite a bit; it’s already affecting my wallet. I had to spend almost $50 dollars every week going back and forth to work. That’s a big chunk of money every week."

Most people are biting the bullet. Thanksgiving comes once a year, and nothing can stop families from enjoying their celebrations.

Motorist Jim McWhorter said, "The sad part about it is, you gotta’ have it and manufacturers will find out people will pay it. As long as people pay, they will continue to increase."

Local oil companies had no comment, but on Thursday, the president of Shell Oil defended his company's profits, and gave his opinion on what should be done.

President Of Shell Oil John Hofmeister said, "We have billions and billions of barrels of oil that we can't touch in this country by public policy. It’s time to tell our politicians let's get more oil and gas in the short term so we can work on alternative energies over the longer term."

And, there may not be relief anytime soon.

Drivers beware: prices are expected to rise through Christmas.

Currently, the lowest price in Dothan is $2.92 a gallon.

The all time Alabama high was set last may at $3.07 for a gallon of regular unleaded, and we could see that come very soon.

Gasbuddy.com has a tool where you can type in your zip code, and get the locations of the gas stations with the lowest available prices.

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