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Gas prices soar during Memorial Day weekend

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

This holiday weekend, millions of Americans hit the road to enjoy the long weekend, but before they went they had to fill up their gas tank.

With prices up significantly higher than last year at this time, many people are feeling the pain at the pump.

Summer time means hitting the road for many people, but this year that road trip is going to cost you.
 
Brandon Benoit told Western Mass News he had been seeing the cost of gas effect his budget, and the same money doesn’t get him as far as it used to.
 
"I just put $10 in and I'm not even going to go up half a tank. A month ago $10 I was getting half, half and a quarter, now its barely a quarter," Benoit said. 
 
Benoit, and like many other Americans, is starting to take some actions to conserve their gas and try and stretch every penny they spend.
 
The average price of gas in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties comes to $2.95 a gallon. Up more than 60 cents from this time last year.
 
"Sometimes I'll pick my friends up for work and sometimes I'll get a ride to work," Benoit added. 
 
But others are just taking the rise in gas prices in stride.
 
"I'd like to get a cheaper price, but it’s like anything else. You got to pay what you got to pay. That’s it. Gas is gas, you have to have it," said Ted Jamrog.
 
The highest ever recorded price was back in 2008 of over $4 a gallon. 

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