By Josh Widman SYRACUSE , N.Y. (NCC News)- Syracuse has fallen victim to the increase in gas prices that is currently spreading across the country. According to AAA, the average price of gas has gone up $0.05. The price of regular gas at Valero on Erie Blvd. East in Syracuse has swelled by $0.15. David Cooper, cashier at Valero and Key Pizza, explained that the increased prices affect business and sometimes forces residents to make a choice.
“The cost of living’s high, you know,” Cooper said. “They can’t always afford the gas and um I think that has a lot to do with sales.”
Central New York resident, Michael Graddy fills the tank in his SUV up about once a week. Not only is this price increase taking more money out of his wallet, it is forcing him to reconsider his vehicle of choice.
“It has actually influence me,” Graddy said. “To start looking at more fuel-efficient cars.”
For now, he still has his SUV. However, the vehicle’s tendency to go through gas quickly has impacted just what Graddy can do and where he can go with it.
“I try to avoid traveling long distances,” Graddy stated. “I try to save resources.”
Cooper believes that Graddy and the rest of the drivers in this country won’t see as drastic an increase in price once the weather gets warmer.