HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif.(KIEM)- Gas prices in the North Coast continue to climb over 5 dollars per gallon in some areas, resulting from inflation and the escalation of the Russia Ukraine war.

“Probably the main reason we’re seeing gas prices go up is the price of crude oil. Crude oil makes up about 60% of the price of gasoline, and right now, it’s closing at about $110 per gallon,” said Aldo Vasquez, Northern California Spokesperson.

AAA mentioned that the current war between Russia and Ukraine only adds more pressure on the oil market and prices. The longer the war continues, the more likely we will continue to see a rise in gas prices. 

“How much more is still undetermined, but the thing to keep in mind is that the oil market is just like any other market. It’s going to respond badly to any kind of bad news. And because there is this, you know, continuing tensions on the other side of the world, that’s going to continue to have this volatility on the market. And unfortunately, that means we’re going to be seeing high prices for at least quite some time,” said Aldo Vasquez.

Many drivers are choosing to drive less due to the high gas prices.

“I’m trying not to drive as much, or I’m trying to just go directly there and come right back and no side driving around,” said Kehala Williams, Humboldt County driver. 

 Others drivers just accept the higher prices and continue to fill up at the pump.  

“It’s something we have to pay while this crisis is going on, and I just accept it. I don’t drive a lot. So it’s not going to hurt me too bad except at the pump when I fill it every month,” said Nancy DiPietro

AAA spokesperson stated that counties across California could see gas prices cross that 6 dollar mark.

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