BUFFALO, NY - Almost as fast as drivers could fill their tanks, the cost of the gasoline continued its sudden climb locally to more than $3.40.
Overnight Thursday into Friday, prices at the pump jumped a nickel, and again Friday. It forced some station owners to hike prices twice during the day.
"Well, we were up nine cents today on gas, and it's up again for tomorrow," said Buffalo service station owner Bob Mason.
According to one estimate, local gas prices jumped 12 cents in three days. Overall, the U.S. has seen the fastest climb in oil prices since the summer of 2008, when gasoline prices topped $4.00 per gallon.
"The sudden spike is directly related to the unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa," said A.A.A. Spokesperson Shaun Seufert.
Libya produces two percent of the world's oil, which is enough to drive up the price at a frantic pace on Wall Street.
REPORTER: Is it likely we're looking at more than $4.00 a gallon at some point this year?
SEUFERT: It's certainly a possibility, yes.
And it's not only drivers who need to worry. Anyone planning a spring or summer getaway could be paying higher airfare.
In the last few days, Tampa-bound Taryn Myckles noticed the price for her flight had climbed considerably.
"I made it my business to get down here and make the arrangements as soon as possible, because they're really up there," said Myckles, who sought out a A.A.A. Travel Agent Friday.
A.A.A. is telling summer travels not to waste time booking this year.
"The earlier you can book a vacation the better off you're going to be, and the better chance of saving money that you're going to have," Seufert said.
Even groceries, the price of which prices typically hinges on the cost of shipping, could get more expensive.