As Gas Prices Rise, Residents Forced to Change Driving Habits

The price of gas continues to rise, causing a considerable pain at the pump for many in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

That pain at the pump is causing many to alter their driving habits. Today ABC6 Reporter John Guice caught up with some local drivers, to see what they're doing different. He has that story in Monday's “Voice of the People” report…

Below are numbers for recent gas price increases in RI, and MA.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Gas prices have jumped 11 cents in Rhode Island in one week, bringing the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded to $3.73 per gallon.

A weekly survey released by AAA Southern New England says that's the highest price in Rhode Island since August 2008.

The price has risen 35 percent since last year at this time, when the average price was $2.77 per gallon.

The price in Rhode island is still four cents less than the national average of $3.77 per gallon.


BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts gas prices are still rising, up another seven cents in the past week to an average of $3.63 for a gallon of self-serve regular.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that in-state prices have now risen 17 cents in two weeks but still remain 14 cents below the national average.

The current price matches the price in August 2008, but is now 87 cents more than at the same time last year.

AAA's weekly survey found self-serve regular as low as $3.55 and as high as $3.79 per gallon.