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AAA: Gas prices rising

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Mon, Mar 18th 2019 01:45 pm

Spring driving means increased demand for gasoline

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.55, up 7 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.55 as well. The New York average is $2.66 – up 7 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 – $2.60 (up 10 cents since last week)
  • Buffalo – $2.58 (up 7 cents since last week)
  • Ithaca – $2.69 (up 10 cents since last week)
  • Rochester – $2.67 (up 10 cents since last week)
  • Rome – $2.67 (up 8 cents since last week)
  • Syracuse – $2.66 (up 9 cents since last week)
  • Watertown – $2.68 (up 9 cents since last week)

Increasing demand for gasoline and tightening supply have helped to push prices higher this week. In its latest weekly petroleum status report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released new data that shows the spring driving season is certainly ahead for American motorists. AAA is seeing an increase in requests for maps and tour books to popular driving destinations including Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina. Gasoline demand is up while total domestic gasoline stocks are falling. As demand strengthens and gas stocks tighten, pump prices will likely follow suit and continue to increase.

A springtime jump in prices is typical with increased demand and the changeover to the more expensive summer blend gasoline in the coming weeks.

AAA members receive discounts at NOCO gas stations, as well as Fastrac locations and at Shell locations across the country. Learn more HERE. One can find the lowest prices in the area at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx.

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.

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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