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Gas Prices Rise, And Fluctuate, In Metro Region

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If driving in the area wasn't frustrating enough, now commuters have to deal with surging gas prices. Since last week, prices in the region have jumped 13 cents and experts say they aren't coming down in the near future.

"This is just ridiculous," says D.C. resident Adolf Goodsenn who came to Silver Spring, Md., to fill up at a cheaper pump.

At this station, prices are averaging around $3.40. But just five miles down the road in Bethesda, at least one station is charging 35 cents more.

AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson John Townsend says drastic price fluctuations aren't because of gouging, rather it's because of factors like real estate values. He says consumers need to be savvy.

"We're not hapless victims here, and we're not helpless victims here," says Townsend.

Townsend says consumers should look for the cheapest gas online before they head out the door.

"One of the most important things that we can do is to shop around for gasoline. It varies from neighborhood to neighborhood and from block to block. So this is a time that it behooves all of us to search for the cheapest gas around," Townsend says.

Townsend says drivers also need to properly inflate their tires and empty any unnecessary weight from their vehicles.

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