Gas prices climb past $4.00
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Gas prices continue their upward trend, surpassing the $4 mark. According to AAA, the average price of gas in the Binghamton area is $4.12 per gallon. That's up 24 cents from just one month ago, and 34 cents from one year ago.
But there may be some good news on the way. Experts say a switch to less expensive winter blended gas from summer blend this time of year typically leads to drop in gas prices.
According to AAA, our current price is only about seven cents lower than the area's highest recorded price set in July of 2008.
Recent tensions in the Middle East along with high crude oil prices have led to the latest surge at a time when we usually see prices decline.
"We do always talk about the number of factors that can impact the price of gasoline. And, any foreseen events, and unfortunately what's putting pressure on prices now has a lot to do what's happening in the Middle East," said Diana Dibble, AAA CNY Public Affairs Manager.
In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to ease the pain. AAA suggests shopping around for the best prices before filling up, carpooling when you can, and keeping up with regular maintenance of your vehicle.