Buffalo, NY (WBEN) If you think the price of gas has been creeping up since July 1st, you're right. The price of an average gallon has jumped 31 cents in the last six weeks or so.
A big reason is the jump in the price of crude oil. "Those hit a three month just this week, so a lot of it has to do with economic data and supplay and demand concerns," says Steve Pacer of AAA of Western and Central NY.
It's unusual to see a summertime increase in gas prices. "Historically, July and August are the times of the year where if they don't drop, they at least stay the same," explains Pacer. "July's price increase was the highest since 2000."
Pacer says it's not impacting driving habits. "I think people are used to seeing prices creep up into the high three dollar range, so people know how to handle this," believes Pacer.
He says there is some hope that gas prices will come down, but not until after the Labor Day holiday.