FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Gas prices have spiked again in Fort Wayne.

According to the Gas Buddy’s app, gas prices in Fort Wayne are expected to rise

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the average price in Fort Wayne as of Monday, May 16th was $4.38, and today that’s up to 4.483.

It has left many in Fort Wayne to abandon their plans or cut back on activities they have to drive to.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said the prices have been increasing due to a number of factors, but right now refineries are something he is watching closely, saying, “Refineries are struggling to keep up with increasing demand for both gasoline and diesel.”

His fear is that with refineries already behind, any more disruptions could tip the delicate price scales even higher than they already are. The big risk in his eyes is the upcoming hurricane season is expected to be heavier than normal, putting refineries in danger. He tweeted earlier today about that possibility.

Overall he’s pessimistic that the situation will get better anytime soon, remarking, “These prices are here to stay.”

However, De Haan did give a few helpful ways to save at the pump.

He said, “Things like just slowing down five miles an hour in the interstate can increase the amount of miles per tank by 5%. Your fuel efficiency goes up when your speed goes down. So slow it down a little bit”

De Haan says that since he’s been slowing down his MPG has jumped from 27 to 37.

Hi final piece of advice to keep in mind when driving may not sit right with die-hard fans of Indianapolis’ most spectacular event, “

“It’s not the Indy 500 So, you know, just you know when the light turns green, it’s not a race. Just accelerate slowly”