GREAT NECK, LONG ISLAND (WPIX)—Across the tri-state area, drivers are feeling pain at the pump. Gas prices have climbed to their highest level since July of 2008.
At a Gulf Station on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck, a gallon of gas costs $3.99; two cents above New York state's current average of $3.97.
Even in New Jersey, where gas prices are generally a bit lower, prices have jumped considerably.
Just last week, prices went up five cents, and they are expected to rise even more.
So what's causing this spike? Well, according to experts, it could be a number of factors; from soaring oil prices to increasing tensions in the Middle East.
President Barack Obama said there is no easy explanation or quick fix. "Anybody who tells you that we can just drill our way out of this problem does not know what they're talking about, or they're not telling you the truth -- one or the other," President Obama said.
As gas prices continue to rise, drivers should do their research. There are several websites and smartphone apps (including gasbuddy.com) that list the cheapest prices around. On Long Island, the cheapest gas can be found at a Getty Station in Port Jefferson for $3.67 a gallon.
Experts say the worst may not be over yet. Gas prices are not expected to drop until after Labor Day and the busy summer driving season.