Gas Prices Rising: $5 National Average Warning

Some analysts wonder whether the high prices early in the year could mean record highs in 2013.
2:30 | 02/21/13

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Now, to a huge headline for everyone driving. Gas prices are skyrocketing so fast, there's new warnings about a possible $5 national average for a gallon of gas. Cecilia vega joins us from los angeles with the latest. Good morning, cecilia. Reporter: Good morning to you. And from all of us here in the land of sky-high gas prices, welcome home. It's so good to hear your voice. Take a look at this. Deja vu. Higher than $5 a gallon in downtown l.A. With prices this high this early in the year, analysts are wondering if 2013 will be the year of record-high pain at the pump. The prices just keep going up d up and up. The increase so steady, today, WE MAY JUST BE THE 35th-STRAIGHT Day of rising prices. They jumped nearly 50 cents in just 5 weeks. That increase from last month to now doesn't just seem huge, it is. That's the biggest month-to-month rise in gas prices since june 2009, when the country was still in the recession. So, what's behind this pain at the pump? It may be cold out now. But refineries are already making us switch to summer blends. Many are performing expensive maintenance. And oil prices are up. The good news is, though, before we hit those highs of 2011 and 2012, aaa expects that prices will start to plateau and start to go south. Reporter: And that is good news for drivers, who say they can't take much more. There's not much I can do about it. So, I just have to -- when you're a handyman and using your own truck, your own gas, it hurts. Reporter: It hurts so much, one car dealership owner in sacramento now requires anyone on a test drive to fill her up before returning to the lot. There are a few ways to put the brakes on the hefty gas bills. Aaa says drive the speed limit. Maintain proper tire pressure. And accelerate gently. Some drivers have their own solutions. Not going to drive as much. Going to be more conservaticonservative. Going to use the bicycles more. Reporter: California has the highest gas prices in the continental united states. Wyoming has the cheapest. With prices like these, it's no wonder drivers are nervous about what the rest of the year is going to look like. Thanks very much. We're going to turn to homemade video, raising

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