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Gas Prices Continue to Rise in Hastings

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – With gas prices as high as $4.23 per gallon in Dobbs Ferry, the local pumps have become a burden for many drivers in the villages.

“I think we may be in for a tough summer,” said Dobbs Ferry resident Gail Schachter.

The prices at Mobil on the corner of Broadway and Ashford Avenue for regular gas jumped from $4.15 to $4.23 from Thursday night to Friday morning alone, which has left many surprised at how quickly prices are rising.

“It’s very discouraging because I’m wondering how I’m going to do anything this summer with my three children,” said Dobbs Ferry resident Barbara Bayer.

Many drivers have taken to driving around searching for the lowest price they can find to avoid filling up their tanks in the most expensive areas.

Schachter said she has been taking advantage of gas discount programs offered by local stores such as Stop & Shop.

“They give you points and then you can go to the Shell station and you get a reduced price, like 30 cents off a gallon if you shop here regularly,” Schachter said. “So I go to the Shell station and I pay cash in order to diminish the effects.”

According to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report the national average for a gallon of gas sits at $3.75, which is up from $3.47 a year ago. The report also lists the average New York price at $3.98, with the highest state average being Hawaii at $4.37, barely edging out California at $4.34. The lowest state average listed is Wyoming at $3.19.

“When I fill my minivan if it’s empty I’m looking at something like $65 worth of gas,” Bayer said. “A minivan doesn’t get great gas mileage and it’s not an option for me to switch, I have car seats.  It’s sort of a catch-22, they get you because you have to have a minivan or a truck or an SUV once you have kids.”

With no relief in sight drivers may be forced to seek alternative options to avoid the skyrocketing gas prices.

“My children go to preschool in town so I’m walking them to school,” Bayer said. “I’m contemplating walking to the gym, maybe I’ll walk instead of going to the gym. All those short trips are going to end up being cut out.”

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