WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Gas prices continue to rise and Triple-A (AAA) says the situation with Russia and Ukraine and the rising cost of oil are to blame.

The price at the pump depends on whether you’re paying cash or card. But either way, it’s steep.
AAA says just last week the average price per gallon increased by five cents and those at the pump wish it would stop.

“I’m highly perturbed about the prices because it’s either put gas in the car or not eat for a few days,” said Pat Formola, Plymouth resident.

Prices at the pump are steep and could get worse.

“They’re crazy,” says Alice Hunlock, Hanover Township resident.

“I don’t know what happened, it’s very hard,” said Wilkes-Barre resident, Ramon Marmol.

AAA spokesperson, Jana Tidwell says the average price per gallon for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area is $3.74.

“We’re seeing gas prices at the highest levels since 2014,” said Jana Tidwell, AAA Manager, Public and Government Affairs.

It’s $3.79 a gallon If you’re paying cash at this Sunoco on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, $3.84 with credit. With prices that high drivers like Pat Formola say filling up is out of the question.

“I cannot afford to fill up my tank, I usually put $20 in,” says Formola.

Driver after driver putting in only what they can afford.

Alice Hunlock a Hanover Township resident stopped in Kingston to strike a deal on gas, paying cash at $3.62 a gallon.

“It’s hard keeping gas in the car because it’s so expensive and you can’t go nowhere cause you gotta keep putting the gas in,” said Hunlock.

And the prices may not go down any time soon.

“So crude oil right now is trading above $90 per barrel,” said Tidwell.

Tidwell says the number one driver is the tension between Russia and Ukraine.

“Because we are looking at crude oil-producing regions, not that the U.S. imports a great amount of crude from that area, but crude oil is traded in the global market,” Tidwell explained.

Of course, it’s not good when prices stay higher for longer because it impacts airline travel and drivers transporting consumer goods, which gets passed down onto the buyer.

We see gas prices increase rapidly but not drop off rapidly. But, AAA says it’s going to take crude oil prices, for the most part, to start to decline.