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Motorists reeling from high gas prices don’t want to hear this news. reports that gas station chain 76 is reprogramming its pumps in Washington state to accommodate the possibility of gasoline reaching $10 a gallon.

The news comes as AAA says the national average for gasoline hit $4.58 a gallon on Thursday. It’s the highest recorded average price in U.S. history.

“I worry about my son more than anything because he has to drive to Smyrna every day,” said local resident Shirley Adcock. “I’m letting him drive my Kia Spectra because it gets good gas mileage and he says that’s helping. The bad part is this is only going to get worse.”

In Tennessee, AAA says the current average price is $4.29. That’s up from $2.89 one year ago.

This week marked the first time the average price was over $4 a gallon in all 50 states. Gas prices have gone up 48 cents in the past month and $1.54 in the past year, AAA says.

Local resident Bonnie Morris is looking on the bright side when it comes to gas prices.

“We’re still $2 or $3 cheaper than Canada and Europe so I think we’re doing OK,” said Morris.

The pain is worse for those in the trucking industry with the national average for diesel at $5.57, according to AAA.

Gas prices are up by at least 27% from the day before Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, according to