Oswego, NY- There is always something to be thankful for but these gas prices are not one of them. For some students these prices might hold them back from going home.
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, many college students are going to face the brutal reality of the cost of gas. More than 45% of students at SUNY Oswego live more than 200 miles away. While gas prices around New York State may be falling, they’re still 10 cents higher than the national average.
“Having to drive home it only used to cost me like $50 and I had a bigger car than I do now and now it almost cost me $70 to go home,” said Michelle Milana, a senior at Oswego. “Sometimes I can’t even afford it so I have to choose between certain things just to pay it just so I can go home which kind of stinks because I’d like to see my family for Thanksgiving.”
The average car holds between 12 to 15 gallons of gas and most cars get an EPA-rated 20 miles per gallon on the highway. If you’re among the nearly half of suny students who live at least 200 miles away from campus, you can expect a round trip to cost you about $115.
“I’m from Long Island, New York,” said Mialana. “ I’m from all the way deep in there like kings park which is Sutton County, these gas prices stink, it’s like so expensive for absolutely no reason.”
The best route for students who want the cheapest gas that are driving to southern New York is not going through Pennsylvania. The gas prices are even higher in PA, 15 cents higher! I’d recommend going south to Binghamton then southeast to Monroe and then over to Yonkers. Staying on the full New York route is your best bet to save your wallet this Thanksgiving.