AAA says local residents last month paid more for gas than any January in history. So far, it seems February is looking just as bad.
John Townsend with AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices normally decrease in 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," said John Townsend of AAA Mid Atlantic.
Believe it or not we found gas in D.C. selling as high as $4.79 for regular near the Watergate, but it was about a dollar less across the street.
The high prices are threatening to put an end to recent signs the of economic improvement, because people are being forced to cut back in other areas.
"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 D.C. 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 D.C. 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, a Rockville, Md. resident.
"I feel stuck," she said.