Gas prices have been inching higher every day - with the average price across North Carolina costing about $3.07 a gallon. That's 15 cents higher than a month ago - and 34 cents higher than a year ago.
Prices in Greenville are above average right now at about $3.15 per gallon. Many drivers say they're feeling the pain at the pump - saying they've had to get creative with their finances as prices to continue to rise.
ECU economics professor Dr. Carson Bays says as gas prices increase, people tend to drive less, car pool or find other other ways around town. Dr. Bays says as our economy recovers, and countries like India and China keep expanding, gas prices will continue to increase. "If all countries simultaneously start expanding - putting their workers back to work, that's always going to mean increasing demand for resources. And one of those primary resources we rely on - whatever country you live in, is crude petroleum."
Dr. Bays says another thing people do when gas prices get high is buy more fuel efficient cars.