By: Christine Souders
Gas prices are hitting all time highs across the Midwest, and it doesn't look like the cost of fuel will be going down anytime soon.
Friday morning, the cost of unleaded fuel in the Quad Cities shot up roughly 15 cents per gallon, and drivers could be feeling pain at the pumps, well past Memorial Day.
"I pulled in, and I just said man I can't believe how high the gas prices are," said Char Steffen, who paid $3.95 per gallon at Walt's Service in Rock iIsland, and she wasn't the only one feeling sticker shock.
"I live in East Moline, and when I went by the gas station there it was $4.09, so this is a big difference here, so that's why stopped," said Connie Terronez who saw a window of opportunity to fill up when she drove past 7 Eleven in Rock Island.
The price of unleaded gas Friday afternoon there fell below the average at $3.69.
"I did a double take, I was like did I read it right or not."
AAA said the reason for the rapid jump in cost is a result of four refineries shutting down portions of the production, over the past two months.
"This really is all due to major, major work going on at refineries across the Midwest, lots of unplanned maintenance issues which in turn really has sent prices skyrocketing," said Beth Mosher, AAA Spokesperson.
Gas prices climbed even steeper in Iowa, the highest checked in at $4.19 in Davenport.
"They're going up too fast, I'm on unemployment, you know every penny counts," said Jeremy Lang, in Davenport.
"We're going to see prices continue to rise the coming days, and we do not expect to see any sort of reprieve over Memorial Day. People really need to start thinking about how they are going to budget gas into their travel," said Mosher.
Experts said to save at the pump, consolidate your trips to the grocery store and other errands, or drive as little as possible.