Gas prices at national high for this time time of year

LEWISTON, ID - Gas prices are at an all time national high for this time time of year due to the number of supply problems around the country.

The question is whether or not people can expect to see the pressure at the pump decrease in the near future.

According to AAA of Idaho, record heights are exceptionally high especially since prices are not tied to high crude oil prices but required supply and distribution issues throughout the country.

"You might call this the year of the refinery and and distribution problem," said AAA of Idaho spokesperson Dave Carlson. "We've seen one problem after another. The wholesalers are trying to manage some pretty tight supply problem and it also shows up in higher prices, they raise their price up to essentially allocate the resources that they have."

"It's a lot of money to fill up a tank,' said gas customer Dan Lyon. "This used to cost me $30 to fill up, it costs me $55 to $60 to fill up every time I come in here."

"I'm a self-employed contractor and it makes it tough to bid a job, especially when you're going out of town, you just never know what to expect," said gas critic Dick Stewart.

Today it costs an average of $3.94 a gallon in Clarkston which is roughly seven cents cheaper than the Washington state average of $4.01. Lewiston drivers now pay an average of $3.86, which is roughly six cents more than the Idaho average of $3.80.

"I'm very frustrated," said Lyon.

"You just kind of shake your head. It's discouraging, it really is," said Stewart. "A guys out there trying to make a living and your fighting gas prices and this economy - this is the worst it's ever been as far as I'm concerned."

Although prices have consistently remained high throughout the past few months, Carlson said it's safe to assume prices will eventually drop within the near future, but for now people should expect prices to stay where they're at.

"It's probably more reasonable to assume that gasoline at $3.00 north is where we're at and we'll sort of cross our fingers and hope that it doesn't get north of $4.00," said Carlson.

Right now the average U.S. driver pays $3.77 a gallon at the pump, which is 31 cents more than this time last year.