With the summer travel season just around the corner, many Montanans will be heading out for long weekends and family vacations, and when they do, they will spend more on gas than they ever have.

We all know that gas prices are at an all-time high not only in Montana but across the United States.  In fact, there are reports that in the state of Washington one company has programmed its pumps to go as high as 10 dollars a gallon.

Yep, 10 dollars a gallon for gas.

While I certainly hope that we never see 10 dollars a gallon here in Montana, I am worried that prices will continue to increase and people will simply have to make tough choices when it comes to finances. Let's be honest here, we aren't very far away from 5 bucks a gallon here in Montana, and if you drive a diesel-powered vehicle, you're already paying more than that.

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Credit:Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash
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When will we start to change our driving habits and alter travel plans? 5 dollars a gallon? 6 dollars a gallon?  Why is this happening?  What is the reason behind it? Is it political? Is it based on the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Is it because we've shut down pipelines and drilling across the United States?

All of those are valid questions and Montanans and the American people deserve to know the answers. Unfortenently, it doesn't seem that the powers to be are offering the answers to those questions.

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Credit: Photo by sippakorn yamkasikorn on Unsplash
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Listen, this is very frustrating for a ton of people across the state. I mean we've spent the last few years in isolation over a pandemic that may or may not have been blown out of proportion, depending on your personal ideology and now that we're able to get out and live life again, we can't afford to because of fuel prices. Seriously?

So when will Montanans say enough is enough? What is the price point that Montanans will either start working from home more, cancel their travel plans, or start to carpool with others? We want to hear from you, so be sure to vote in our poll below:

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Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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