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Mixed news at pump with gas prices; some motorists getting a break this holiday

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Mon, Jan 16th 2017 10:55 am

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Gas prices are finally retreating. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.34 per gallon, down 3 cents from last week, but up 43 cents from one year ago. The New York state average is $2.54 per gallon, no change from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.16.

AAA Western and Central New York reported the following averages:

  • Buffalo - $2.47, up 1 cent

  • Rochester - $2.47, down 1 cent

  • Rome - $2.47, down 2 cents

  • Syracuse - $2.43, down 1 cent

There's mixed news with gas prices that are finally starting to retreat in price nationally after several weeks of increases. 2016 closed out with an average national price of $2.12, the cheapest since 2012 according to Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). Analysts said gas will cost more in 2017 and prices could even surpass levels seen in 2015, but will not reach the levels that consumers paid back in 2011-14.

OPIS said motorists are getting a break this holiday weekend (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), but warns prices could hit the $2.65 to $2.85 range nationally this spring when refineries do annual maintenance, which means New York drivers would be paying even more.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Locate gas prices across the country at http://gasprices.aaa.com.

AAA WCNY wants to remind members they can receive discounts at NOCO gas stations, as well as Fastrac locations. Learn more HERE. One can find the lowest prices in the area at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx.

As upstate New York's largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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