You may have noticed that gas prices have been rising over the last couple of weeks. Your friends and neighbors have definitely noticed it, too.

"Nothing you can do about it. Drive a little less I guess," motorist Daniel Salazar said.

Corpus Christi motorists are getting a hard lesson on changing our driving habits.

With the prices going up by more than 20 cents, drivers are doing what they can to make sure every gallon counts.

"Like if I'm driving all around, I make sure I go the gym, I go get my groceries at the same time. I just don't do it on different days. I have to do it in one day along the way," motorist Laudette Randal said.

"We're seeing a lot of volatility in our market," said Jim Lee, an economics professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Lee said it's all relative. When the price of crude goes up, so does the price of gasoline.

"The oil price crossed the $60 benchmark," Lee said. "I call it benchmark because everybody is looking for the $60 range. When it's higher, it's going to be very good for South Texas, for the Eagle Ford area, because a lot of operators, a lot of drillers making up, break even, or more profits."

Meaning existing oil field jobs will continue, or perhaps even add additional workforce; but it all depends on how long the $60-plus per barrel spike continues.

Lee warned that the market is volatile.

"We're going to see a lot of volatility," Lee said. "That means there'll be ups and downs by the day, and or maybe by the hours."

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