SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)– As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, gas prices at home are on the rise. According to GasBuddy, the average gallon of gas in Central New York is $3.87, a 12-cent increase from last week

Graphic and stats for 3/3/22 courtesy of GasBuddy

Biden announced on Tuesday during his State of the Union address that he is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from U.S. strategic reserves as part of a 31-nation effort to help ensure that supplies will not fall short after Russia’s invasion of its European neighbor.

“These steps will help blunt gas prices here at home. The U.S. stands ready to do more if necessary to protect American businesses and consumers,” he said.

But what can Central New Yorkers due in the meantime to make sure they are not emptying out their wallets when filling up at the pump? Because drivers NewsChannel 9 spoke with are growing tired of the high prices.

“Definitely not a fan cause driving every day up here to the city, I live down in Phoenix so driving every single day it’s $200 bucks a week especially in this thing,” driver Adam Hahn said of his truck.

He carpools to work with his friend to try and save money, but it’s about $120 to fill his tank.

While gas prices are out of our control there are some ways to manage how often you’re filling your tank:

  • Check your tire pressure. Fluctuating temperatures can cause your tires to lose air quicker and make your car exert more gas.
  • Ditch the remote start. Getting into a toasty car is nice but letting it run is a waste of gas and money. 
  • Go the speed limit. Use cruise control to help keep your speed consistent and save energy. 
  • Other ways include becoming a member at places like BJ’s or Tops that offer discounts on gas or using smartphone apps like GasBuddy to find the lowest price in your area.

Fuel economy is a big factor for drivers too. If you are in need of a new car to buy or lease, or release your current might not be the best when calculating gas mileage, Consumer Reports has compiled a list of vehicles that are great at getting more bang for your buck at the pump.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.