On July 1, a tank of gas will cost 4.2 cents more per gallon.
Despite the naysayers who continue to rail against the tax increase, we predict it will be hardly noticed — if at all — by the average driver. And that in the end, it may even save money and be appreciated.
A recent drive from the Seacoast to the Lakes Region offered a spread of as much as 17 cents for a gallon of regular.
Here in the Seacoast, it is not uncommon to find a 10-cent difference.
We expect those spreads to continue after July 1. This means you might be able to beat the gas tax by shopping around.
Regardless, we predict the increase may very well save drivers money in the long run.
During the legislative debate over the increase, Sen. Jim Rausch of Derry pointed out that if the entire increase is reflected at the pump, it would cost someone who annually drives 10,000 miles at 25 mpg approximately $16 a year. Even if someone challenges 10,000 miles as an unrealistic number, a 20,000 mile-a-year driver will only pay $32 more.