I love driving, I always have. There is a certain something that happens when I drive. I either forget about the world because I get lost in the adventure I on or I'm driving aggressively on a private road course that my focus is only on the driving aspect. Regardless, it's an escape and most of the time when the destination is reached it tends to be a let down. Everything in life has its price and the price for the thrill of driving is going up again in Idaho.
"At one point in time, Idaho ranked 36th in the country for most expensive fuel, which was a welcome break from our usual position in the 7th to 9th-place range. Today, we're all the way back up to 15th," says AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde. "We've seen a lot of supply-side issues that have put upward pressure on gas prices, but with fuel demand expected to rise and the upcoming switch to more-expensive summer-blend fuel, things are going to get pretty bumpy."
The national average is $2.83 but according to AAA Idaho is now at $2.84 per gallon.
"AAA's previous research shows that most people won't consider changing their driving behavior until prices reach $3.50 per gallon," Conde said. "While we could hit the $3 mark this spring, we don't expect that to deter many people who have made the decision to take a road trip."
What do gas prices look like across the state? These are prices as of March 11:
- Boise - $2.95
- Coeur d'Alene - $2.66
- Franklin - $2.88
- Idaho Falls - $2.72
- Lewiston - $2.71
- Pocatello - $2.83
- Twin Falls - $2.81