Gas Prices on the Rise Again
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Labor Day weekend is around the corner but gas prices may cause some to think twice about hitting the highways for a road trip. According to AAA, the national average for gas is on the rise again.
For many drivers, these days the pain at the pump seem endless.
"It's a pain to see the prices go up. And when they go up, they go up fast and they don't come down fast," said Isaac Koilpiellai of Honeoye Falls.
In fact, prices have gone up so fast, AAA's fuel gauge has the national average from a month ago at nearly thirty cents more.
Just last month the average was $3.44 a gallon. Now people are pumping in an average of $3.72 cents a gallon. However, that's a few cents cheaper than Rochester.
"I think it's because of Labor Day. I think they are gouging," said Mike Pearson of Rochester.
Pearson says he normally hunts for the cheapest place to buy gas locally.
"I keep seeing them go up and up and up and usually this is probably one of the cheapest places to get gas," said Pearson.
Still Rochester's gas averages are higher. Right now you can expect to pay around $3.83 a gallon. That's 23 cents more than just a month ago.
"I'm not going to put [in] that much for gas. It's just outrageous," said Jennette Edmondson of Rochester.
Prices are so high, small business owner Chuck Brucato, who depends on gas for his paving company, says he pays nearly $2,000 a week for fuel.
"It's pretty tough. The gas prices, they kind of control our asphalt prices too, which brings the material costs up," said Brucato.
As painful as things may seem for consumers, relief may come eventually.
The Associated Press recently reported crude oil prices fell globally after the U.S. suggested it might tap reserves to slow rising oil costs. Still some say the relief may never be enough.
"I think we all should make fundamental changes. Otherwise we'll be victims of circumstances," said Koilpiellai.