WNY Gas Prices on the Rise

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) They keep going up, and up, and up. Gas prices have been on a meteoric rise over the last few weeks, now topping out above four dollars per gallon.

Motorists shared their thoughts about gas prices, calling them "ridiculous," "way too expensive," and "outrageous."

The average cost of a gallon has risen ten cents over the last week, and twenty seven cents over the last month, according to GasBuddy.com. Local lawmakers have started a push to keep prices down, by pushing American production and diplomatic pressure on the Middle East.

And with gas prices getting more and more expensive, Western New Yorkers are having to get smart when they fill up. Some places offer pennies off with the use of a station credit card, others give a discount if you buy a car wash, and one station takes money off on Thursdays.

"I'm using a rewards card right now. Buying a drink to save five cents on a gallon when I'm paying for gas," Charles Tanner said.

"Right now I try to use the bonus you get off on the pump here," Greg Naumobski added.

Other drivers have decided to change their driving habits by driving less or using alternate modes of transportation.

"Just go where I need to go. Work, home. Bookstore, home. That's it," Danette Lee said.

"I find myself biking a lot more these days, just because I work a minimum wage job and driving all over just isn't an option anymore," Michael Sweeney added.

To watch Jason Gruenauer's report on the rise in prices and what drivers are doing in response, click the window above.