PUMP PATROL: Gas prices hit the $4 mark on Long Island
The average cost of gas on Long Island has hit $4, a price not seen since March 7, 2013.
AAA is reporting average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded on Long Island is at $4.01. It was $3.91 on Thursday.
A year ago, it was just $2.78 a gallon.
The price is still below the record set in 2008 at $4.34, but people are still frustrated.
The national average for a gallon of regular is steadily climbing now at $3.84
Most of the oil used in the United States is produced domestically, but some is imported.
According to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactures, 61% of imports in 2021 came from Canada, 10% from Mexico and 3% from Russia.
The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine is causing some people to call for Russian oil imports to be banned, but others are concerned the effect that could have around the globe.
"Again if there is any interruption in supply, it is only gonna get worse," says AAA spokesperson Robert Sinclair.
Drivers are also concerned if prices will continue getting higher as warmer weather causes more people to drive.
In Nassau, the cheapest price for a gallon of regular is $3.47 at the BP gas station in Roslyn Heights. As for Suffolk, the Conoco station in Oakdale is offering $2.99, but both prices are only available if motorists pay in cash.