Gas Prices Don't Deter Vacationers

Director Tom Shadyac, left, poses with actors Kevin James and Wanda Sykes at the party after the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Evan Almighty" at the Gibson Amphitheatre and CityWalk Cinemas on June 10, 2007, in Universal City, Calif.
Gas prices may have hit a record high of $2.31 a gallon average, but that doesn't seem to be stopping vacationers.

"There's nothing you can do. They got you and you gotta pay it. It's called supply and demand, I guess," a driver on the New Jersey Turnpike told CBS radio station KYW's Mike DeNardo.

"Every day something happens, it goes up 3, 4, 5, 6 cents. It's ridiculous," said another.

But most of those surveyed by DeNardo said they'll pay the high prices, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, weren't keeping them close to home.

"Unadjusted for inflation, this is another record high price, beating the previous high price of three months ago," Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 8,000 gas stations around the country, told CBS Radio News.

"Gasoline prices surged up nearly a dime in the past two weeks, self-serve regular, mid-grade and premium, all up about nine-and-a-half to ten cents," she said.

According to the survey, self-serve regular averaged $2.31 a gallon nationwide, up from $2.21 on June 24. Midgrade averaged $2.40, with premium-grade hitting $2.50.

Lundberg cited two reasons for the 9.6-cent-a-gallon average increase, "record-high crude oil prices, which have remained around $60 a barrel for the past three weeks, and the other is the record demand for gasoline, even at these prices."

And the prices could go even higher, even though oil prices slipped more than $1 a barrel Monday after Hurricane Dennis missed key Gulf of Mexico refineries and spared the market from a sudden disruption in supply at a time of high demand.