After the low prices at the gas pump last year, motorists are getting a little sticker shock these days.
The average price of gas in the state of Connecticut is $ 3.07 per gallon with the national average at $ 3.04, according to AAA.
That’s a far cry from the low prices of 2020 when the oil and gas industry was criticized by stay-at-home orders for slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
For the first time in two years, gas prices topped $ 3 a gallon in Connecticut after taking a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, labor shortages have had an impact on the gas market. Many tanker drivers found themselves out of work during the pandemic. This shortage of work has prompted many people to retire.
Truck driving schools also closed last year, meaning new drivers were not trained.
With all this build-up for people going to refuel, it was a bit painful.
“When you’re retired you have a fixed income, which hits us really hard,” said Doris Ouimette of Newington.
“Whenever I can, I go all electric so I never have to be at the gas pump again,” added Tom Tozzo of New Britain.
After more than a year of the pandemic, some are going out of their way to plan a vacation this summer, but experts warn what they’ve dubbed “revenge travel” could end up costing you years.
There are still many pent-up requests for travel. AAA said more than 60% of Connecticut residents said they were planning or considering a summer getaway, leading travel experts to view summer 2021 as the return of the Great American Road Trip.