If you find yourself frustrated while filling up at the pump, chances are you're not alone... gas prices are going up - Especially right here in Florida! Channel 4's Ashley Harding tells us why... Along with some ideas to save money. 3 00-05 13-18 19-24 29-34 43-48 2'15-2'26Ashley look live intro: Florida's average price today was about $3.63...a full eight cents higher than the national average. And get this, according to AAA, Florida drivers are paying more at the pump than any other state in the southeast. TRACK Filling up at the pump is something we do everyday...but that doesn't mean the cost doesn't hurt. 48:50--49:00 "It puts a pretty good dent in your wallet every week, you know, whenever you fill up.It seems to be going up and it never comes down." 47:58--48:08 "When I was in college, we used to have these gas wars. I went to FSU.We could buy gas for 15 cents a gallon. Not anymore! That was a long time ago!" TRACK What some of these motorists don't realize is, Florida's gas prices are currently the highest in the southeast. 36:14--36:25 "Georgia is lower than we are by ten, twelve cents. You go over into Louisiana and Alabama, they're even cheaper. They're some of the cheapest states in the country." TRACK Bill Bishop with Triple A says although it can be irritating for drivers, rising gas prices is normal this time of year. He says it's all.about supply and demand.33:31--33:44 "Because of federal law, they have to change their gas to a different blend. They have to go to ethanol. So they actually have to shut the refineries down, restructure and retool. So you have the demand, but no supply coming in." TRACK Bishop also points to the fact that some prices are cheaper in different counties. He says it all has to do with taxes. 34:09--34:23 "Especially up in counties like Duval...the property taxes are so much higher. Down in Putnam County, if you just look at the gas prices, they're going to be ten to fifteen cents cheaper and it's simply taxes." TRACK Bishop says there are many things you can do to save money on gas. He says the simplest things include: You can limit the amount of times you drive in a day You can carpool if possible. You can also look into buying a smaller, more fuel-efficient car Also according to Triple A, having extra weight can impact your gas supply. They say An extra 100 pounds in the trunk, you'll lose a mile per gallon. So by looking at what's in our live truck, you can imagine how many miles we're losing." TRACK Until prices go down again, paying a little more is just something motorists will have to get used to. 47:57--47:58 "I'd much rather have it free, so." 50:31--50:34 "What is fair anymore? I don't know." Look live Tag: áátalk about how AAA doesn't think prices will go to $4.00 mark, but still say may go up a bit more.