How High Will the Price of Gas Go?

By Matt Markham

February 28, 2011 Updated Mar 1, 2011 at 12:49 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) High gas prices are usually something encountered in the summer time, but the price at the pump is ticking higher.

"I can't see people on a real strict income, if they're on Social Security, trying to buy food, and pay for their heat, plus buy gas," said Wayne Robinson of Endwell.

In just the last week, the price of gasoline has risen about 17 cents on the average.

That means Robinson pays $80.00 to fill up his van.

"This is my vehicle, it's my work vehicle. I install carpet and I drive to Cortland, I drive to Buffalo," Robinson said.

The price of gas has gotten so expensive that some people are driving from New York to PA just to save a couple of cents, while others are using other methods to not pay so much at the pump.

"We buy groceries from Weis, they give so much pennies off," said Douglas Gardner of Binghamton.

When asked if he was worried about gas prices getting any higher closer to summer, Gardner said, "I'm not worried, it's going to get there. What's the sense in worrying?"

Plenty for some smaller energy companies. Locally-owned Mirabito says transaction fees increase. So do taxes, the price of the oil it receives, and the general cost of business.

Unrest overseas is a link to price fluctuation.

"Us American people, we're just letting them get away with it. And it's going to keep going, and going, and going," said Joseph MacLeod of Chenango Forks.

"Compared to Europe, our gas prices are still extremely reasonable. So I can't in abstract get too upset about them," Elizabeth Perry of Johnson City.

All to take into account the next time the price of your fill up goes up.

According to gasbuddy.com, In Pennsylvania, you'll pay about $3.33 for unleaded regular.

The average in New York is $3.56 that's the fourth highest average in the nation.