Gas prices surge across the nation

There is growing concern in the region and across the nation over the surging prices of gas.

In the D.C. region--including the suburbs--the average price for Regular is $3.56 a gallon, 21 cents more than a month ago and 46 cents more than a year ago.

Triple-A says last month local residents paid more for gas than any January in history. So far, February is looking just as bad.

"You can't justify these prices."

John Townsend with AAA Mid-Atlantic said gas prices normally go down in the winter and there's no good reason why this year is bucking the trend.

"You have this Chicken Little attitude on the part of traders and speculators who keep saying the sky is falling," Townsend said.

ABC7 found gas in D.C. selling as high as $4.79 for Regular near the Watergate.

"Instead of just going out as freely as I normally would, I try to calculate what I'm going to do so I won't use as much gas," said Nataya Torrence, a Southeast resident.

Some say bikes are a convenient way to spend less on gas.

"Oh it's great, it's great and you get a workout," said Liz Zipse, a Northwest resident.

But others with long commutes say that's not an option.

"I wish there was something we could do but unfortunately we do need gas to get around," said Luci-Ann Tafuri, of Rockville.