Sigh. That’s usually my reaction when I pull up to the gas station pump to fill up my humble little Honda Civic every few days. Commuting 24 miles each way to work, plus the miles I drive for assignments, means my gas tank always seems half empty. Yes, when it comes to my gas tank, my view is pessimistic.
With unrest in the Middle East, hurricanes, refinery troubles, and a host of less obvious factors, gas prices have been on a yo-yo in recent months. While national average gas prices have started to drop in recent days—after hitting record highs for Labor Day weekend—folks in New York are still paying above $4 for a regular gallon of gas.
In the New York metro area, motorists are paying an average of $4.16 a gallon. That’s lower than the $4.22 drivers were paying last week, but still much higher than the $3.91 at the same time last year, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge.
New York joins an unlucky group of six states, Hawaii, California, Connecticut, New York, Alaska, and Illinois, that have averages above the $4, according to our friends at GasBuddy.com.
But before you start grumbling, remember that it could be worse. In San Francisco, folks are paying an average of $4.24/gal. Greenville, South Carolina has the cheapest average: $3.47.
What’s the LOWEST you have paid per gallon recently and where? Let us know in the comment section below.
(Cars travel in front of the Shell gas station at 45 North Highland Avenue in Nyack, August 14, 2012. ( Mark Vergari/The Journal News )