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AAA: No relief at the pump, as gas prices continue to increase


Mon, Oct 25th 2021 12:10 pm

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Monday’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.39, up 6 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.53 – up 10 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.25.

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

  • Batavia – $3.45 (up 7 cents from last week)
  • Buffalo – $3.45 (up 9 cents from last week)
  • Ithaca – $3.50 (up 7 cents from last week)
  • Rochester – $3.50 (up 8 cents from last week)
  • Rome – $3.51 (up 7 cents from last week)
  • Syracuse – $3.48 (up 9 cents from last week)
  • Watertown – $3.52 (up 10 cents since last week)

The increase in gas prices is more drastic this week than last with the national average jumping 6 cents and local prices increasing even more. According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased while gasoline demand increased. With the U.S. economy recovering from the depths of the pandemic, demand for gas has gone up, but supply is tight. Higher demand coupled with a decline in stocks, alongside elevated crude prices, has put upward market pressure on pump prices. Pump prices will likely rise as long as crude prices remain high – above $84 per barrel this morning.

Motorists can benefit from comparing pump prices before filling up with the AAA mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android – a convenient option to find the lowest gas prices in a given area. Plus, the app is the quickest way to request roadside assistance, map a route, find discounts, or book a hotel. 

AAA members receive discounts at gas stations such as Fastrac, Maple Leaf Market and Shell locations across the country. Learn more here. AAA members can save on gas by joining the Fuel Rewards at Shell program. Join now at AAA.com/Shell.

Motorists can also locate gas prices across the country and stay up-to-date on the latest news and fuel-saving tips 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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