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Gas prices drop before Thanksgiving


Mon, Nov 19th 2018 11:30 am
Crude oil prices large factor in lower gas prices
By AAA of Western and Central New York
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.62, down 8 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.54. The New York state average is $2.87 - down 4 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.69.
AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:
  • Batavia - $2.90 (down 2 cents since last week)
  • Buffalo - $2.95 (down 2 cents since last week)
  • Ithaca - $2.74 (down 6 cents since last week)
  • Rochester - $2.84 (down 4 cents since last week)
  • Rome - $2.84 (down 4 cents since last week)
  • Syracuse - $2.74 (down 6 cents since last week)
  • Watertown - $2.94 (down 2 cents since last week)
Low demand and the end of refinery maintenance season have been pushing pump prices down. The national average and regional prices continue to drop. Falling oil prices have also contributed to the downward pressure on gas prices.
However, AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The vast majority of travelers - 48.5 million - will travel by car for the holiday, nearly 5 percent more than last year. That increased demand could temporarily drive up gas prices later this week and into next week.
Motorists can always 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 reminds members they can receive discounts at NOCO gas stations, as well as Fastrac locations. Learn more here. One can find the lowest prices in an area at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx.
As upstate New York's largest member services organization, AAA Western and Central New York provides more than 870,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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