Motorists still awaiting post-holiday price drop
By AAA of Western and Central New York
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.58, no change since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.24. The New York average is $2.72, up 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.59.
AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:
Batavia - $2.66 (no change since last week)
Buffalo - $2.65 (no change since last week)
Ithaca - $2.70 (up 4 cents since last week)
Rochester - $2.69 (down 1 cent since last week)
Rome - $2.69 (up 4 cents since last week)
Syracuse - $2.64 (up 4 cents since last week)
Watertown - $2.71 (up 3 cents since last week)
Gas prices were expected to be lower at the start of the new year but, with oil prices on the rise, motorists are still awaiting a drop at the pump. Oil prices continue to rise and that directly impacts pump prices. Analysts are keeping a close eye on escalating tensions in the Middle East. The death of the Iranian leader in a U.S. airstrike could eventually lead to higher gas prices. However, the U.S. has increased domestic production in recent years, so the country is in a better position than in the past.
AAA members receive discounts at gas stations such as Fastrac, Maple Leaf Market and 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 885,000 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.