The automobile group AAA Mid-Atlantic reported a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.69 statewide, but drivers in Burke's 22015 ZIP code are paying $3.91, in 22039 are paying $3.94 and in 22032 are paying $3.97 for a regular gallon of gas, according to AAA's Fuel Price Finder.
The national average price for regular grade gasoline was $3.76 as of Friday, according to AAA.
Gas prices are one of several factors pushing people toward public transit. Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation in 2011—the highest level of ridership since 1957, the American Public Transportation Association reported this morning.
Even those who are still driving are making changes, like paying more attention to gas rewards programs and driving out of their way for less expensive gas. Unfortunately, driving a few miles down the road to save a few cents doesn’t always pay off.
“Shopping with your steering wheel is a quick way to save; however, motorists who want to make driving out of their way to save ‘worth it’ will need to save about 10 cents per gallon at a station that is only about two miles out of their way,” according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, for vehicles that average 20 miles per gallon at today’s statewide gas price average.
Looking for less expensive gas in the Burke area? As of 12 noon on Monday, gas was $3.80 at the Burke Citgo, 9413 Burke Road, according to MapQuest's Gas Tracker.
Patch's traffic and gas section provides updates on local traffic conditions and the cheapest gas in Burke.