PELHAM, N.Y. As the calendar turns to August, New Rochelle residents are feeling added pressure at the pump after gas prices nationwide rose 17 cents a gallon in July.
New York gas prices are among the highest in the nation, with drivers paying an average of $3.70 per gallon, compared with the national average of $3.53 for regular unleaded gas.
The price increase came after three months of dwindling prices at the pumps. The 5 percent increase is the most substantial for July since AAA began keeping records in 2000, and the national average price was the third-highest for July since 2000.
Weve seen prices going up over the past few weeks because were seeing the price of oil rise, which is driving the price of gas up, said Eric Stigberg, a public affairs manager for AAA. Anytime you have economic recovery, it tends to drive the price of commodities up.
In the continental United States, New York drivers pay more for fuel than all but four states, which pay an average of $3.82 per gallon. Locally, Pelham residents pay $4.09 at the three gas stations in Pelham, including Citgo, Getty and Gulf.
During the summer, because of an increase in travelers, gas stations have to use a summer fuel that burns more cleanly than winter fuel also contributing to higher prices, Stigberg said.
Typically, once we get out of the summer driving season, when theres a higher demand, refineries can switch out of the summer gas which is more expensive to produce, he said. That forces price down as well, so we might see prices start teetering downward.
Bronx Pulse Academy basketball Coach Wilson, a Pelham resident, said he does not mind the current price as he paid to fill up his vehicle.
"They're all right," said Coach Wilson.
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