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Gas prices hitting drivers hard

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Bumpy roads and higher gas prices will likely take a hefty toll on your car and your wallet. AAA expects North Carolina driving costs to jump nearly $700 per driver this year thanks to the rise in gas prices.

Drivers are paying an average of 75 cents more per gallon than this time last year. It's causing an unexpected rise in the total cost to own your car, causing many people to cut back elsewhere.

"It kind of takes away from your vacation time, your family time, you know you have to shorten your vacations, you don't have the extra money to go places like you planned to," Mike McGirt of Wilmington said.

The total costs include insurance, maintenance, gasoline, tires, taxes, registration, depreciation, and finance charges based on driving 15,000 thousand miles a year.

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So

is it better to pay the extra dollars and be at the mercy of OPEC or go for off-shore drilling of oil.

For a 2 car family, that's $1400 per household.

gas prices

For those rich people who have the money they don't pay attention to it but for the almost broke people it does matter. think of it this way supply and demand drive up the prices. when you go more you use more gas. so combine all your trips in to one that saves gas and also drives the price back down. it also makes the oil refiners lower the price. hint hint stop going ten trips for everyday things. get it while your out doing other things.