ALBANY, N.Y. -- There's been a slow and
steady rise in gas prices since January, but for the past two days those prices
have leveled off -- but what many motorists really want to know is when those
prices are expected to come down.
"I'd rather be in South Carolina where
they're a lot cheaper," says Jessica Martin.
$7.84 barely bought Martin two gallons of
gas. The mother from Troy says the current prices at the pump are simply
"It's doing a lot to my budget. I can't take
my kids where I want to take them. But in order to get what they need I gotta
have gas," says Martin.
According to a local AAA office, gas prices
in the Albany area have increased thirty cents a gallon since January first.
"So it's been some pretty steep increases in
a pretty short period of time," said Eric Stigberg of AAA Northway.
Normally, the price spike comes later in the
year, but because of the switch to summer fuel and early maintenance at refineries
-- gas prices have started to rise earlier than usual.
But Stigberg says that's actually good news.
"Good news in that we're starting to see oil prices
level off at this point."
Definitely good news for student Kayla Gallelli
who says she spends $50 or more filling up her gas guzzling SUV and could use
that money for other things.
"I'm going to college next year, so even just
saving up for college especially," said Gallelli.
According to AAA, gas prices were at their
highest in 2008 when it was over $4 a gallon, and they say that prices will not
likely get that high this year.
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