UTICA- According to a recent survey from AAA, the United States won’t see a drop in gas prices anytime soon.
Currently the Utica- Rome area averages $2.76 per gallon, up $.28 in one year.
Officials with AAA said the strong demand and the steadily rising oil prices is what’s making them increase. They said since the United States has started exporting oil, there’s more of a demand which drains the supply.
They also brought up the fact that Venezuela, who provided oil to several countries around the world, wasn’t producing it anymore because they couldn’t afford it. So, some of those countries are looking to the United States to buy from.
Officials with AAA said Americans could see a small break in February, but not much will change and they recommend everyone shop around.
"It's amazing when you drive across the county and everybody's not within a penny of each other, but also remember if you have to drive more than 10 miles to save $.05 a gallon, you're probably not going to save any money,” said Regional General Manager, Ed Welsh.
Welsh said checking the gas prices is very easy. “Good news is you can do it in your chair, from your phone, you can look it up online. You can check gas prices pretty easily without having to leave your house, so checking around would be my advice.”
New York State’s average price per gallon for gas is $.16 above the national average.
Link to check prices: http://gasprices.aaa.com/aaa-gas-cost-calculator/