WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Although the unrest in the Middle East has not decreased the global supply of oil so far, analysts say fear and uncertainty about the region are to blame for a sudden hike in gas prices.
Gasbuddy.com said this morning the Kangaroo on Oleander Drive boasts the highest price for unleaded in Wilmington at $3.41 a gallon.
Driver Bo Foster said he filled up there because he was on "E" and would not have made it to another station. Foster said he's not sure why prices have spiked, but they're affecting his health.
"Gas prices need to go low," he said. "It makes me not eat as much, because I don't go out."
Other prices we spotted around town include $3.39 and $3.29.
Analysts are not sure when or if gas prices will go back down and customers are fearful it's going to be an ongoing trend.
"I just retired," said Gwendolyn Robinson. "I can't afford to pay the prices and it's not going to go down anymore. It's going to go up higher and I'm just going to have to stay home."
While some are planning to alter their daily routines by driving less others say that's not a choice. When it comes to understanding the increase in the price customers don't have an answer.
"It's a little ridiculous," said Thaddeus Leonard. "I don't know what's going on. It just kind of spiked over the last couple of days and I don't know what's going on."
Drivers say the escalating gas prices are just one more frustration for people struggling to make ends meet in this economy.
"Grocery bills are high," said Robinson. "Light bills are high. The CFPUA is going up on the water bills so how are we going to live? We can't afford it. We can't afford to do it."
When it comes to finding a good deal at the pump customers say it's hard to find, but some have a secret spot where they feel they can get the most bang for their buck.
"It's all of them," said Leonard. "I frequent one. I'm not going to say their name but it's a little lower."
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