CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Gas prices keep increasing. The national average just hit $4.84, while Virginia’s average is $4.61.

Some people in the Charlottesville area explain what this means to them and how it might affect their summer plans.

“Oh, yeah, yeah. We’re limited down. You know, even the kids, you know, are going away to college, work hard, pulling, things like that. But, you know, this is going to affect everybody,” said Edward Coffren, a Maryland resident visiting the area for the weekend.

“It seems kind of outrageous, at the same time, there isn’t a lot we can do about it as an average person,” said local Justin Wert.

The federal government continues to look for ways to bring down rising gas prices. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday there isn’t much he can do in the immediate future to help while he tries to bring down other daily costs for American families.

“But the idea we are going to be able to, you know, click a switch, bring down the cost of gasoline is not likely in the near term. Nor is it with regard to food,” he said on Wednesday at the White House.

Still, Anne Cleveland, an area resident seems hopeful for the summer.  

“We really don’t know what is going to happen down the road and I wouldn’t speculate. I’m optimistic,” she said.

Some experts are predicting a national average north of $5 or $6 by Labor Day.

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