Ohio gas prices are about 28 cents higher than a year ago as 2012 gets underway.
Monday's survey from Auto Club AAA put the statewide average price for regular gasoline at $3.40 per gallon, up two cents from last week. Last year at this time regular was averaging about $3.12 in Ohio.
WHIZ caught up with some drivers feeling the pain at the pump.
"It definitely puts a crimp in your monthly budget," said Erin France of Zanesville. "I bought this car 12 years ago, and it's a great little car, but it does run on premium. Now the car is paid for, so I keep it."
"I actually travel a lot for work," said Kyle McCume of Grove City. "We have a job in North Baltimore that's about a 2 1/2 hour drive every day."
"I don't even look, because it doesn't matter," said Lorie Mercer of Cambridge. "I have to have it to do my job, so I have to pay it."
Global tensions have been putting pressure on fuel prices. Crude oil traded above $100 a barrel last week amid growing trader concern that friction between Iran and western powers could disrupt Middle East oil supplies. However, some analysts expect that a slowing global economy led by a likely recession in Europe will help pull down oil prices.