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More British Columbians crossing the border to fill up on cheaper gas

Last Updated Dec 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm PDT

FILE: A gas pump is shown at a filling station in Montreal on April 12, 2017. An online price monitoring firm says gasoline prices in Canada have spiked at the highest average price ever recorded thanks mainly to a 17-cent increase in the price per litre of regular fuel in Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Summary

The poll suggests about 51 percent of those surveyed have bought gas for their car if prices suddenly dipped

On the other hand, about 47 percent have passed on filling up, because we saw prices shoot up

About 18-percent of drivers province-wide have made the trip south to try to save cash at the gas pumps

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Have you ever dipped across the border to save some cash on gas?

Well, you’re not alone.

A recent poll from ‘Research Co’ suggests just under 1 in 5 British Columbians have gone stateside in the past year, with the sole purpose of filling up.

Mario Canseco, President of Research Co says when it comes to saving some money, some drivers are willing to spend the time crossing the border to get cheaper gas.

“Two-in-five drivers who reside in the Fraser Valley (40%) say they have visited the United States only to get gas in the past year,” he says. ““They have been joined by one-in-five (21%) drivers in Metro Vancouver.”

And when it comes to spending habits, about 51 percent of BC drivers say they’ve put gas in the tank when they see lower prices, even if they aren’t close to empty.

On the flip side, about 47-percent have passed on filling up, because prices went up. More than a third of drivers surveyed say they will purchase less gas for their car due to prices suddenly jumping up.