ARDMORE, Okla. -- With crude oil prices at a record $97 a barrel, some U.S. drivers are shelling out $3 for a gallon of gas, but part of Texoma is paying even more than that.
Drivers across the U.S. are reaching further into their pockets to pay for gas, especially in southern Oklahoma where motorists have seen their gas climb over the $3 mark several times over the past 12 months.
It's a trend fuel experts are comparing to football.
"Gas prices have a lot in common right now with OU football. They both have extreme momentum, both are going up in the world, unfortunately for the consumer, it’s not good news."
Prices around Ardmore have steadily climbed. Many motorists like Cindy Sperry say Tuesday's price of $3.05 a gallon reminds them of the $3.29 per gallon they had to pay back in July.
"It’s making it extremely difficult for those of us that have to drive to our jobs, see family members out of town. It needs to stop."
Fuel experts from AAA say the state average is $2.94 a gallon, but they say Ardmore’s average price is higher because there aren't as many large gas stations here as there are in bigger cities like Oklahoma City, but he says we're all feeling the pinch, and the price spike is out of our control.
Despite what’s happening overseas, Kimberly Linville says we really don’t have much of a choice but to keep paying what gas stations are asking for.
"I don’t even look at prices any more. I don’t even look because I know what it’s going to say, but you got to have it, so I’m gonna go and pay now."