EASTCHESTER, N.Y. Traditionally, gas prices around the country rise during the summer, peak in August and begin to drop after the busy Labor Day weekend. This year, Eastchester drivers may not see price relief at the pumps for some time.
With Hurricane Isaac knocking out power to countless refineries in the Gulf Coast, and an unsettled situation overseas, gas prices in the state have risen an average of 13 cents in the past week, to $4.13, the third-highest in the continental United States. The national average sits at $3.87 as of Thursday, more than 20 cents higher than a year ago.
AAA Spokesperson Robert Sinclair Jr. said that immediate relief should not be expected, and that things can change by the day, depending on various factors.
This is really a day-to-day progression. Things happen overseas we cannot control and prices can change significantly from one day to the next, he said. People were popping champagne after we hit an April peak and prices started to drop, and things literally changed the next day.
Sinclair said Isaac caused a slight bump in prices, but a more threatening issue is the upheaval in the Middle East, which may ultimately threaten the nations supply of crude oil.
Were seeing some of the effects of the global market, he added. The continuing tensions with Iran may ultimately take away as much as 20 percent of the worlds crude oil.
Locally, the cheapest gas can be found at American on White Plains Road, for $3.95 a gallon, though most stations sit well above $4 for regular and nearly $4.30 for premium gas.
One patron at the Mobil station on White Plains Road in Eastchester remarked that, If prices keep going up, I might have to get my bike out.
Stations will switch from the more expensive summer blend of gasoline to a cheaper winter blend next week, but Sinclair said that motorists shouldnt expect a sudden drop in prices.
When they switch over next week, perhaps things will get better, but there are so many more factors than just that, he said. Theres so much going on, but in the short term, prices are more likely to continue to rise.
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