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As prices rise nationally, local gas prices continue to drop

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Mon, Feb 11th 2019 11:20 am

Gasoline demand on the rise as motorists stock up before storms

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.28, up 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.58. The New York average is $2.47, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.76.

AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

  • Batavia – $2.47 (down 6 cents since last week)
  • Buffalo – $2.51 (down 2 cents since last week)
  • Ithaca – $2.34 (down 3 cents since last week)
  • Rochester – $2.42 (down 2 cents since last week)
  • Rome – $2.45 (down 2 cents since last week)
  • Syracuse – $2.36 (down 2 cents since last week)
  • Watertown – $2.43 (down 3 cents since last week)

National pump prices have inched up this week due to rising crude oil prices. The price gains have coincided with total gasoline stocks growing by approximately 500,000 barrels to 257.9 million barrels last week, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). However, as a result of last week's frigid winter weather across the country, demand for gasoline fell sharply, after motorists stockpiled pre-storm, by approximately 500,000 barrels per day, according to EIA.

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 the 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 880,000 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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