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With rising gas prices drivers consider fuel-efficient options

Posted at: 03/03/2013 11:32 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Have you seen gas prices lately? It seems like they've been slowly creeping up within the last month. So when News10NBC visited the Rochester International Auto Show on Sunday we weren't too surprised to hear drivers had their eyes set on fuel-efficient cars.

According to the Rochester Gas Prices website there are gas stations in our area charging up to $4.15 for a gallon of gas.

More than 80,000 people flocked to the International Auto Show this year and it wasn't just the fancy cars getting all of the attention.

There were several cars to chose from at the International Auto Show, as thousands of drivers got to try out some of their favorite cars for fun.

Others were checking out cars as an investment for the future.

“If you're looking at your budget you have to worry about your gas, you know, what you're paying for gas,” said Carl Prouty.

Carl Prouty spent the weekend promoting smart cars, trying to show drivers that bigger isn't always better.

News10NBC asked if Prouty thought people are moving toward smarter cars.

“Yes they are, because the gas is going way out of sight and they've got to drive something this size to get the optimal dollar value,” he said.

It wasn't just smart cars getting attention. Other car companies have created several hybrid options.

It's estimated these hybrid cars will run you around $1,000 a year in gas.

With gas prices at a steady climb that's enough to make many drivers think twice.

“The price of gas is through the roof. It's unbelievable. So the more options you can get may be you can afford something like this,” said Jenny Migliore.

Migloire couldn't help but take a good look at the hybrids just so that she will no longer have to keep a close eye on her wallet.

“I think it's a great idea,” she said. “Hopefully the price will keep going down and eventually I will go this route, I think.”

The Town of Penfield opened up Monroe County's first public charging station for electric cars last April. Supervisor Tony LaFountain tells News10NBC they will open up another one this April. He says it will be located outside of the Penfield Town Hall.