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Spring surge in gas prices starts early

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Gas prices are usually their lowest in January and February, the heart of the winter, but not this year. The spring surge has already started.

"I have started to shop around for cheaper gas," Laura Petty says. "Away from downtown."

AAA says gas prices have been going up for 31 straight days, and the hike hasn't been topped off yet.

"In Washington DC proper it is now $3.90 a gallon.. It is conceivable we could hit $4 a gallon in the next five to seven days. And $3.80 in the metro area," AAA Spokesman John Townsend says.

The price hike couldn't come at a worse time. Many are worried about the looming budget cuts, and a lot people are already getting smaller paychecks.

"My teenage son is really feeling it and has mentioned it multiple times. And he has to fill up more frequently," Bridge Morris says.

Filling up the tank of his SUV after a family ski trip was eye opening for Chris Kevorkian, who normally drives a Prius and fills up only once every two weeks.

"I think this country needs to get off oil. Maybe the shortages and prices will convince more people to drive more fuel efficient cars hopefully," Kevorkian says.

But even if a hybrid isn't in your future, there are some things you can do to save at the pump.

"If you obey the speed limit, keep your tires properly inflated, get the junk out of your trunk, you can save up to 10 cents a gallon just by the way you drive," Townsend says.

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