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AAA: National average gas price drops


Mon, Mar 29th 2021 12:00 pm

First price decrease in several weeks

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86, down 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.02. The New York state average is $2.91 – no change from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.34.

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

  • Batavia – $2.84 (down 1 cent since last week)
  • Buffalo – $2.83 (no change since last week)
  • Ithaca – $2.88 (no change since last week)
  • Rochester – $2.88 (down 1 cent since last week)
  • Rome – $2.93 (down 1 cent since last week)
  • Syracuse – $2.86 (down 1 cent since last week)
  • Watertown – $2.95 (no change since last week)

Growing stock levels have helped to put downward pressure on pump prices, according to the latest weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The national average decreased despite rising gas demand, which will likely continue through the Easter travel week. Crude prices dropped last week due to continuing market concern that crude demand will drop as Europe increases restrictions to curb growing coronavirus infection rates and now hover at $60 to $64 per barrel. There are concerns, however, that the blocked Suez Canal will stall the supply chain for petrochemical products coming from the Middle East, leading to a possible spike in prices.

Motorists can benefit from comparing pump prices before filling up with the AAA mobile app – a convenient option to find the lowest gas prices in a given area. Plus, the app is the quickest way to request roadside assistance. Learn more at www.AAA.com/Mobile.

AAA members receive discounts at gas stations such as Fastrac, Maple Leaf Market and Shell locations across the country. Learn more here. 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 887,000 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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