June 29, 2020 - 3:55 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you drive a vehicle, you may have noticed that gas prices are on the rise.

We thought that might be due to more people getting out as more pandemic restrictions are being relaxed. History has also shown that gas prices tend to rise as we approach holidays as well, in anticipation of more people filling up. We asked Mark Peterson with the auto club AAA Iowa if that is the case, or why exactly gas prices are going up.

Peterson says another factor is COVID-19. He says people were staying home, but now they are more active again. But he says people following advice to stay home can change the gas prices in that area, “in a heartbeat.”

We asked Peterson to peer into his crystal ball and predict what would happen with the gas price leading up to Independence Day this weekend.

Normally AAA releases a travel forecast for holidays, but during the pandemic, they haven’t been doing that.

A check of northwest Iowa gas prices at gasbuddy.com shows the two most common prices for a gallon of gas are $1.99 and $2.09. $1.99 is the low price in the four northwesternmost Iowa counties, and could be found in Inwood, Hull, Sioux Center, and Hawarden. The other common price, $2.09, could be found in Sanborn, Sheldon, Orange City, Alton, and Paullina. But that’s not the highest price in the area — that distinction goes to Rock Rapids, where gas was reported to be at $2.14 per gallon. The two outliers with other prices were George at $2.06 and Sibley at $2.04.

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