It looks like you will be digging deeper into your pocket this spring and summer when you go to the pump for gasoline. Gas prices escalated to $2.79 yesterday in Quincy. In comparison, the gas prices in Hannibal are $2.49. The national average as of this past Wednesday was $2.73 a gallon which is 20 cents more than a month ago and 7 cents more than a week ago. The people in the know have been predicting the gas prices would be climbing over $3 a gallon soon as the spring and summer driving season is upon us.

One reason for the price hike is the gasoline prices in the futures market went up Wednesday and another reason is that there is now a higher demand for gasoline since Americans will be driving more now that winter is over.