A Summer of Gas Pains

Drivers are already recoiling from higher fuel prices -- and rethinking travel plans. Some say it'll only get worse from here

Joan Barrett stopped on Interstate 95 just outside Boston recently to fill her gas tank before heading to her weekend house on Cape Cod, one of many trips she and her husband had planned to make this summer. But doing the math makes her wince -- and think twice about her summer plans. With premium gasoline up to $1.85 a gallon, the drive down and puttering around for two days now costs more than $25 -- not including the cost of filling up for the trip back home. "That's $50 just on gas," says Barrett, a real estate agent. "It's cheaper to buy a few lobsters and have a cookout at home than it is just to take the drive down."

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