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'I wish gas prices were cheaper' | Pain at the pump has drivers concerned over higher prices

Regular gas was going for $3.79 a gallon at one Greensboro gas station, and prices only went up from there.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Gas prices hit a brutal high Sunday, topping $4 a gallon nationwide for the first time since 2008.

Regular gas was going for $3.79 a gallon at one Greensboro gas station, and the prices only got higher from there. 

"I'm not happy about it," Dave Thompson said. "Just about everybody is unhappy with the price of gas. Compared to a year ago, it was $32 I think to fill up a car, and now it's $53."

The same goes for Sarah Halsey.

"I wish gas prices were cheaper," Halsey said.

She is watching her miles so she can make fewer trips to the gas station.

"My parents and I always complain about gas prices, and my friends and I always, we never are the ones who want to drive places," Halsey said.

AAA reports the conflict in Ukraine has driven prices to a record high with the average across the nation now at $4 a gallon for the first time since 2008.

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"Anytime we have this type of geopolitical tension, the oil markets like the stock markets, they don't respond well to this type of chaos," AAA Spokesperson Doug Shupe said. "The reality is, we don't know how high these prices are going to go or when we're going to see relief at the pumps."

Here in North Carolina, AAA reports it is a little cheaper. The current average price in the state for regular fuel is $3.88.

Some people have their own way to avoid the high prices.

"I don't miss the high prices at all," Tesla driver David Allen said.

"Our highest charge cost tells you in the car was less than 17 bucks," Tesla driver Mitchell Johnson said. 

But the car isn't cheap.

"Driving and the charging it is much cheaper, but you have an entry-level price that you have to, you know, to calculate that in," Johnson said.

For now, that sale number might just keep pumping up. Click here for an updated list of gas prices in the Triad.    

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