Hurricane Harvey will affect prices at pumps; but not as bad as you think says AAA
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
As people on the Texas coastline brace for impact, Hurricane Harvey will likely affect how much you pay at the gas pump.
But it may not be as bad as you think , according to AAA. ABC 33-40 looked into why you shouldn't panic just yet.
It's been more than a decade since a major hurricane made landfall along the Gulf Coast. Now Hurricane Harvey will be the second since 2005.
AAA's Clay Ingram said gas stations won't be passing it on to drivers as much. Ingram told ABC 33/40, "10 years ago our supply was very delicately balanced with our demand and any time we had even a slight disruption with our supply it caused prices to jump way up." Many refineries are in the path of the hurricane but Ingram expected any price increased to be short term. "Anything can happen but right now it looks like we are going to see anything between 5 and 15 cents per gallon," Ingram explained.
If you think you have to race to the pumps because a hurricane is about to hit the Texas coastline, you don't. Ingram said driving to get gas when you don't need it can actually lower supplies a lot faster. "worst thing we can do is to run out and start filling up all of our vehicles with gas," said Ingram. "That will cause some stations to run out; that will cause prices to go up even higher."
Leroy Coates, who lives in the Birmingham area, doesn't plan on adding to the potential problem. Coates told ABC 33/40, "I can't afford to. This is a work truck. I go and gas up about every other day." Still, he is happy to be almost a 1,000 away. "It may affect us but i'm glad to be here. I'd rather be paying more at the pumps than be in Houston, Corpus Christi, and all that."
Any changes in prices can be found on an app known as Gas Buddy. If prices do surge, you can find the cheapest locations right on your phone.