SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Gas prices don’t seem to be coming down anytime soon as the price per gallon has hit $5 in New York state and nationwide.
Driver Kimberly Blansett usually fills her tank at a Liverpool Sunoco station. She says the price to fill her tank nearly swept her off her feet.
“Yeah last time I filled a tank it was like 50-something, I don’t remember the exact number. but still, I just about fainted. Like, that’s a lot of money,” Blansett said.
Even after Onondaga County suspended the gas tax, the relief was short lived as gas prices have now spiked to $5 a gallon. Communications Specialist for AAA Valerie Puma says the relief didn’t last long for a reason.
“You know within five or six days we were seeing those prices increase again and that was really because of the supply and demand,” Puma said. “We’re already seeing prices increase because we were switching over to summer blend because it’s a little more of an expensive blend to make and then as well as people just hitting the roads and everyone getting out of town for the three day weekend, that also spikes the price.”
Puma says there are tips that can help drivers to conserve gas and help lighten the financial load on their pockets.
“I always recommend that motorists check on their car, even checking their tire pressure and making sure that it’s at the recommended level for your vehicle that can help with gas mileage,” Puma said. “If you are going away for the weekend, just making sure you have your route mapped out so you’re not going back and forth, trying to find your way, having the most direct path, you’ll save gas that way.”
Drivers will most likely utilize those tips and plenty more to help provide some type of relief at the pump, as it looks like gas prices won’t be coming down anytime soon.