SECAUCUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The pain at the pump just keeps getting worse for drivers in the Tri-State area.
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Just days before Easter, drivers in New Jersey were pummeled as prices jumped 11 cents per gallon at rest stop stations along the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway on Friday.
“I’m glad I’m here 11 cents earlier,” said one frustrated driver who beat the big hike on Thursday.
“I just came from New York, the Bronx, and I figured let me fill up now so it’ll last me, for what, another week?” said another driver.
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Car owners in the Garden State have become accustomed to the weekly price hikes, and have taken to lining up Thursday night to top off before the prices jump. After 7 a.m. on Fridays though, drivers dread coming to the pumps.
The so-called “sticker shock” is getting less shocking and more frustrating.READ MORE: Police Seize 7 Vans Allegedly Used As Airbnb Rentals In Manhattan
“It gets worse and I own a home in Toms River so it’s a lot of back and forth. It costs quite a bit of money,” Ted Amoroso, who was filling up his tank at a Secaucus gas station, said.
It’s not any easier for New York residents, where the gas is even more expensive. Residents told CBS 2 that they’re growing increasingly frustrated by the price spikes.
“it’s just another annoying thing going on in this world,” Mirem Villamil, of Park Slope, told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.
“You’re used to the tank getting filled around $50, and then suddenly it jumps and keeps going, and you’re like, ‘what’s going on,’ you know,” Manhattan resident Susan Cohen said.
The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.84. Many residents in the Tri-State area say they are paying much more than that. In Connecticut, gas prices are $4.10 and in New York they are $4.04. New Jersey drivers get a bit of a break coming in at just $3.72.
To get the most out of the gallon of gas, experts say filling up late at night or early in the morning is the best bet. Driving below 60 miles per hour and making sure your tires are aligned will also help get the most out of that gallon.MORE NEWS: Woman Accused Of Telling Black Couple At Brooklyn Dog Park, 'Stay In Your Hood'
Keeping your air conditioning on low – or turned off – will also help save gas.