According to a report, gas stations in Washington state are changing their pricing boards to handle double digits in anticipation of fuel costs potentially hitting $10 per gallon.
The decision comes after numerous petrol stations in the Evergreen State ran out of fuel.
Gas pumps at the 76 gas station in Auburn, roughly 30 miles south of Seattle, were altered to show a price of at least $10 per gallon.
The displays were formerly confined to single digits, but this has changed due to the rising cost of petrol.
According to a 76 spokeswoman, the adjustment does not necessarily imply that the firm expects gas prices to hit $10 per gallon.
The Auburn station also sells racing fuel, which is more costly than regular gasoline.
Race gasoline is more expensive since it must be high-octane, premium fuel in order for the engine to have a higher compression ratio, which allows for a more explosive explosion and improves the performance of turbocharger and supercharger engines.
Gas stations are also running out of fuel, which is causing problems for Washingtonians.
Drivers approaching gas stations in Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland are greeted with notices informing that the station only has diesel to sell.
Local locals are claiming that more than ten gas stations are out of fuel on Facebook.
According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of petrol in Washington state is $5.18, far more than the national average of $4.59 as of Thursday.
California has the most expensive gas in the US, with motorists in and around San Francisco paying more than $6 a gallon.
Analysts warn that limited supply, compounded by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, combined with what is projected to be sky-high demand when Americans hit the road this summer for vacations, would certainly drive petrol prices much higher.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, US oil was trading at $112.31 per barrel, while Brent crude, the worldwide benchmark, was trading at $112.89 per barrel.