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Drivers feel pain at the pump as gas prices rise


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Over the past month, drivers have been digging deeper into their pockets as gas prices have gone up about 20 cents per gallon.

“Owning a vehicle today is out of the question. At this rate, our children will be paying $10 or more a gallon,” said teacher Elizabeth Gutierrez, 24, as she gassed up her sedan on Monday, February 18.

With prices only going up, AAA has created a “Gas Watcher’s Guide” narrowing down tips to save gas and most importantly, money.

“To conserve, we must slow down and find ways to do more with less. The benefits of fuel conservation include financial savings, improved road safety and a healthier environment,” said a brochure.

When it comes to driving, AAA emphasizes slowing down.

As well as following safe driving methods, drivers should try to condense trips when going out to run errands.

“To me it’s not good because I’m retired and make no money, it’s ridiculous. I don’t like it, but I need the gas for my car,” said Francisco Alonzo, 68, as he filled his car up at a Mobil station 164 Street in Jamaica.

AAA also suggests drivers keep their eyes open for lower fuel prices, yet should not waste gas to save a few cents at another station farther away. Also, drivers should be aware of the correct starting procedure of their vehicles, especially during cold weather when an engine must thoroughly warm up.

Although the increase in prices has most drivers frustrated, other drivers see the increased costs as a way to control how people drive and consume.

“I feel that gas prices are both a win and lose situation. The increase in price means a decrease in our pockets; however I still look at it as a win because it means it’s moderating how much people use. Hopefully this means we start to use our fuel wisely and preserve as much as we can,” said Neilmarlon Santiago, 20.

 

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Gas prices return to pre-Sandy levels


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After a month of wild fluctuations post-Sandy, New York City gas prices have settled back to where they were before the storm.

Prices at the pump jumped 15 cents in the aftermath of the storm, before slowly retreating to $4, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the same price drivers were paying last month.

Over the past week the cost of gas dropped 6 cents.

While gas prices shot up in New York after the storm, costs nationally fell. Over the past month, the average throughout the country dropped 13 cents.

Motorists in the area are still paying significantly more to fill up than last year when prices were $3.71.

Gas prices down slightly in New York City


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While gas prices are down slightly from their 2012 highs, drivers are still paying 32 cents more per gallon than at this time a year ago.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city is $4.19, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, four cents lower than two weeks ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas is up 7 cents.

Last year, city drivers were paying $3.87 per gallon.  Prices passed the $4 in mid-August and have remained there since.

Nationally, the average has begun to fall. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.78, four cents lower than a month ago.

 

Gas prices near 2012 highs


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Gas prices continue their two month climb in New York City and are approaching 2012 highs.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.23, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, 8 cents higher than a week ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

Since July, the cost of a gallon of gas has steadily increased and is now near the 2012 high. Prices at the pump peaked in April at $4.24.

Last year, city drivers were paying under $4 per gallon.

Nationally, the average also continues to rise. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.86, 14 cents higher than a month ago.

 

Gas prices rise for 8th consecutive week


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Prices at the pump continue to trend upward, as costs rose for the eighth consecutive week.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.08, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

For much of the year, drivers were paying less for gas than a year ago. But as prices have steadily risen, the cost has zoomed past what New Yorkers were paying last year when gas was $3.97 per gallon.

Nationally, the average also continues to rise. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.75, 26 cents higher than a month ago.

 

Helping Seniors Drive Safer, Longer


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(Family Features) Since January 2011, nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, joining the fastest growing age group in the nation. According to a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) survey of that booming population, nearly half of seniors worry about losing their freedom and mobility when the time comes for them to transition from driver to passenger.

From understanding how vision changes affect one’s ability to drive at night, to researching the effects certain medications can have on one’s driving ability, it’s important to get the facts about driving for seniors. Use these tips from AAA to ensure you and your family members are driving safely:

Evaluate your driving.

It’s important to take time to consider one’s driving “health” and habits. For instance, when was the last time you had an eye exam? You can take a Driver 65 Plus self-assessment at www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com to get a clear picture of just how good your driving skills really are, and get suggestions for improvement.

Be aware of how aging affects driving habits.

Seniors may not notice the gradual ways that age can impact their driving ability. For instance, by age 60, your eyes need three times the amount of light to see properly as they do for people 20 years-old, which means it’s more difficult to see at night. Likewise, one-third of Americans suffer from hearing loss by age 65, which means senior drivers may be unable to hear high-pitched noises such as emergency response vehicles.

Reaction times can be slower for seniors as well. But preventative measures can go a long way:

• Seniors should increase the distance between their car and the car in front of them, to allow more time to react to sudden braking.

• Eliminating distractions in the vehicle and avoiding heavy traffic can also help seniors identify emergency sirens.

Find the right fit.

Many seniors may not realize that their car may not be optimally adjusted to fit them. For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel can injury, should the airbag deploy during a collision.

• Make sure you have at least 10 to 12 inches between your chest and the steering wheel.

• When seated properly, you should be able to see the ground in front of your car within 12 to 15 feet and 1 1/2 car widths left and right.

Talk with your doctor and pharmacist.

Ensure that the medications you take — both prescription and over-the-counter — will not impair your ability to drive safely. In addition, make sure all your medications go through one pharmacy, so the pharmacists on staff can better assess any potential drug interactions.

To help older drivers and their families deal with driving and mobility challenges related to aging, AAA has launched a new website (www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com) to make a comprehensive suite of tools and resources available at the click of a button. From an Ask-the-Expert feature to Roadwise Review — an online screening tool that measures functional abilities linked to crash risk — and more, all of the features are free to site visitors. The site also offers links and resources to help families find other means of transportation when their loved one is no longer able to drive safely.

 

Gas prices surge past $4


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Prices at the pump have surged past $4 in New York City for the first time since May.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.03, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, seven cents higher than a week ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 26 cents. Gas prices fell below $4 at the end of May and had remained there for two and a half months.

Nationally, the average is rising too. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.70, 31 cents higher than a month ago.

 

Gas prices hold steady in New York City


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Gas prices have held steady over the past week as they continue their climb back toward $4.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.90, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, just one cent higher than a week ago.

Fuel has remained below $4 since the end of May. Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

New Yorkers are still paying less than they were last year when residents were paying $4.11 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.49, two cents higher than a week ago.

 

Gas prices speed toward $4


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New York City gas prices continue to speed toward the $4 mark three weeks after reaching a 2012 low.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.89, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, eight cents higher than a week ago.

The cost of gas has jumped 14 cents over the past two weeks. Fuel has remained below $4 since the end of May.

New Yorkers are still paying less than they were last year when residents were paying $4.08 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.47, seven cents higher than a week ago.

 

Gas prices begin to climb


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After reaching 2012 lows, gas prices have ticked up each of the last two weeks.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.81, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, six cents higher than a week ago.

New Yorkers are paying the same amount to fill up as they were a month ago, but the prices are headed in opposite direction. Last month gas was in the midst of a nearly three month decline.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $4.05 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.40, 2 cents higher than a week ago.

 

Gas prices near 2012 lows


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Prices at the pump continued to plummet and are nearing 2012 lows.

The average New York City gas price has fallen for the past two months and settled at $3.86, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Many stations throughout the city come in well below the average.

Over the past week, the cost of gas has fallen seven cents in the city and has dropped 24 cents over the past month.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $4.09 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.54, 19 cents lower than a month ago.

 

Gas prices decline after approaching record highs


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After approaching record highs, gas prices have steadily receded over the past 30 days.

Prices at the pump peaked at $4.24 last month, but averages have dropped more than a dime per gallon in New York City to $4.13, according to AAA.

Gas reached an all-time high in the city, $4.411,  in July of 2008.

Prices this week come in five cents less than seven days ago and 16 cents lower than at the same time last year.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.78, 16 cents lower than last month.

 

Gas prices continue to climb


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The cost of a gallon of gas continues to climb as prices at the pump approach their highest point in nearly a year.

Gas has risen than 13 cents in the past month to its current price of $4.094, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge. Prices tend to peak during summer driving season, meaning gas costs will likely continue to rise.

A year ago average gas prices were $3.817 in the city.

The national average is also rising and is currently $3.842, 27 cents short of the all-time high.

Prices at the pump continue to rise


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Gas prices continue to rise after surpassing the $4 mark last week.

Prices at the pump are up more than three cents since last week, with the average price in the city settling at $4.06, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge.

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The cost of gas has been rising steadily since the start of the year and is up nearly 20 cents since last month.

Nationally, prices have risen 7 cents in the past week and 20 cents over the past two weeks.

 

Drivers suffer pain at the pump


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On a recent rainy Friday, Vinny Rajkumar, a Toyota Camry driver, fondly remembered a time when it cost him $30 to get 10 gallons of gas.

But as the numbers quickly ticked up and up, he told a much different story.

“I couldn’t afford food, so now I pay $20 at a time for gas,” he said. “I always try to use other friends’ cars, and when my friends drive my car, I have to charge them $2 or $3.”

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA New York), this is the third time gas prices have hit $4 a gallon in New York.

Part of what’s driving the increase is the fact that “crude oil is a global commodity,” according to Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations for AAA New York. With demand up in parts of the world, prices go up, he explained.

Also, according to Sinclair, “the northeast is a hotspot for higher prices because of refinery capacity. Two in the Philadelphia region closed down recently and one on St. Croix, owned by Hess and the Venezuelan government, also shut down. With less refinery capacity, there is less gas on the market, meaning higher gas prices.”

Sinclair pointed out that another refinery, owned by Sun Oil Co. (Sunoco) is scheduled to close or be sold by July 1 – “right in the middle of driving season.”

This, he noted, also sends prices higher.

“Refineries change to summer blend gas, which is more expensive to refine and distribute.”

So those summer road trips cost more.

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“We think upward pressure on prices will continue until mid-April,” he offered.

But, said Sinclair, the “most important collateral damage is the effect the gas prices have on truckers.”

“We rely on trucks for delivery of freight; as prices go up, they won’t absorb it, they pass it along, and everything from clothes to cars are delivered by truck.”

As far as drivers are concerned, the pain at the pump is getting worse.

Joe Sultana spends $90 to fill up his Chevy Tahoe, and it lasts only about four days. He spends about $900 a month on gas alone.

“I’m thinking about trading this in for something smaller, but it drives me crazy that we’re so dependent on fuel. If you have a family, you need to have a big car.”

Fuel costs have even become prohibitive, he said, even when it comes to business.

“For work it stops you from being able to give the kind of customer service you want to, it makes it hard for you to make it out to see all of your customers.”

But Steve is loving his Toyota Prius. It only costs him $37 to fill up.

“It’s great! These days, everyone should have one of these,” he said.

Scott Salzman, sales manager of Star Toyota, notes that “the trend of the general market is going from fewer trucks to more hybrids.”

“In times like these, the sale of bigger trucks always screeches to a halt, you see compacts and sub-compacts more and more,” he explained.

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Ronald Cordero, sales consultant at Star Toyota, offered his prediction.

“The Prius will be the number one selling car in two years.”

Additional reporting by Sean P. Quigley and David Beltran