Transcript for Gas Prices Soar
Back here at home, it's time to fasten our seat belts. For 32 straight days now, gasoline prices have soared, now a four-month high. 3.73 a gallon. And we learned today how much higher they'll rise in april when they should start falling again. The newest member of our abc team, a veteran business reporter, linzie janis, here to explain. Welcome. Reporter: Thank you, diane. You know, americans spend 4% of their household budget on gas last year. It's the biggest slice in three decades and it makes the recent spike all the more worrying. orter: THE PEARSONS KNOW What they're not looking for in the family car. I don't want an suv, it's too much price -- it's too pricey on gas. Reporter: They're giving up more space for more miles to the gallon. It's their number one priority. Close to $4 already, I think by the end of the month, it will be $4. Reporter: Prices often spike in the spring as refineries switch over to a summer blend of gasoline, but this year they're rising well ahead of schedule. In california, where some gas stations are already charging $5 a gallon -- I'm at $64, it usually takes me, like, 50 bucks to fill up. Reporter: Drivers are starting to make sacrifices. Dinners out. Movie night. Things like that. Reporter: The big fear is that rising gas prices threaten a fragile economic recovery. If we hit $4 a gallon on regular unleaded across the country, that could do a lot of damage. Nothing hurts more more quickly than rising gasoline prices. Reporter: The price tracker th at gasbuddy.Com predicts gas will reach $3.75 to $4.05 by april. As the pearsons shop for their new car, they worry about their annual trip to south carolina in april. Last year's trip cost them $300 in gas. This year, just $230 in their new car. Mom and dad may be focused on fuel, but young austin has a different wish. What kind of car do you want to get? Red! Reporter: And diane, some possible relief in sight. Gasbuddy.Com says that prices will probably start to held lower around memorial day.
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