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Gas prices expected to climb through April

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You may have noticed gas prices went up again over the weekend.  Well, buckle up! According to GasBuddy.com, this is only the beginning.

Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan said, "In the next month, we likely will see prices in South Bend approaching $4 a gallon."

DeHaan said the worst of it will be in April.  "It could be anywhere from 20-40 cents higher by mid to late April."

Until then, prices will gradually go up, but DeHaan said we won't see a jump every day.  So, how do you know which days to buy your gas?

The GasBuddy.com app for cell phones will send price hike alerts to your phone as soon as prices start to raise.  "Motorists really love being able to know when prices are going up," said DeHaan.

And now Esurance has a fuel forecaster.  You enter your zip code, and it tells you either to buy now or wait for prices to fall.  Those who have to fill up say they've never heard of either but would definitely use the apps to determine when to hit the pump.  "Oh yes, I would," said Glenda Coleman. "As soon as I get the message, I'll go." 

Another message drivers will like: it's not all bad news when it comes to gas prices this year.  "At least there is some light at the end of the tunnel that I don't expect record highs to be hit this summer," said DeHaan.

And even though it won't be fun at the pump for the next few months, DeHaan said just wait, it'll eventually get better.  "June is going to be the best month of the year to travel."

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