End-­of-summer road trips costing more

Price of gallon rises 30 cents since July 1

SAN ANTONIO - For families squeezing out one more summer road trip, gassing up is no day at the beach. The price of a gallon of gas has risen 9 cents locally in the past week.

Rodrigo Garcia's family drove from the Valley  to San Antonio for a last gasp of summer vacation.

"It does take a bite in the wallet," Garcia said while  filling up his eight-cylinder Jeep Commander. "You need a tank to get up here and a full tank back."

A tank is costing more every day lately  as prices creep up to the current average of  $3.39. That's 9 cents more than one week ago and a 30-cent surge since July 1

Keila Young said her family found a way to enjoy some fun in the sun, despite rising fuel costs.

"We just went to the beach this past weekend, but we carpooled with our parents just to save money on gas," she said.

So what does it now cost to load up a family SUV and head to the beach now?

If you hit the highway in a 2011 Toyota Highlander bound for Corpus Christi, gas will cost about $50 for a round trip. 

Getting to Galveston and back will run about $89. 

If you want to visit the sandy beaches of South Padre, gas will cost $101.

As for when we might see relief, oil analysts say probably not until after Labor Day.

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