Coping with pain at the pump | Best Stories

Oil is a slippery substance in the engine and in its ability to slip its fingers through almost every facet of American life.

When those fingers get skinny and the price goes up, citizens feel wallet pain starting at the gas pump and spreading from there.

According to the GasBuddy website, Tuesday afternoon the lowest the price of fuel in Jackson County was $4.49 at High Country Tire & Service. GasBuddy shows that most Sylva stations are close to $4.58. The AAA Gas Prices website says the average cost of a regular vehicle in North Carolina is about $4.60. For premium gasoline, it’s about $5.33.

Last week, a post on the Sylva Herald’s Facebook page asked residents how they were coping with the latest gas crisis.

“Beyond the obvious – paying more at the pump – how have rising gas prices affected you and your family?” the read message. “Do you carpool more? Have you parked the greedy gas to drive your car more economically? Less driving, canceled trips and/or changed vacation plans, etc. ? »

Facebook users reacted quickly.

“I drive less and I eat less,” said James Lyle. “Personally, I found groceries to be more of a nightmare than gas prices.”

“Travel less,” said Devon Danner-Allison. “Spend less money. Don’t come home for lunch.

“Driving a lot less,” said Chelsea Garcia. “Not really going out of town unless it’s for a doctor’s appointment.”

“High gas prices are hurting restaurants,” said Dale Barnes. “We go out a lot less than before.

“My husband works in construction in Cashiers and not driving his truck to work every day is not an option,” Jennifer Long said. “Just cut back on other things like groceries to offset the $250 a week on gas.”

“We were going to visit my parents for the 4th of July,” Sarah Spann said. “But we had to cancel because it’s a seven-hour drive one way.”

“My family will no longer be able to visit family in Minnesota this summer,” said Diane Howk. “Our entire extended family lives in Minnesota, and it’s been five years since we’ve seen them in person.”

“Using GasBuddy and being aware of my trip,” Betty Dishman said.

GasBuddy data shows the average price per gallon of gasoline in North Carolina has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon over the past week. GasBuddy’s survey of 6,092 stations in North Carolina showed the state average to be $4.60 per gallon.

GasBuddy is a Boston-based technology company that operates real-time fuel price search-based apps and websites at more than 140,000 gas stations in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Sam Dietrich is an intern at the Sylva Herald.

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