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National gas price average drops by 3 cents again this week


Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am

Prices remain well over $3 per gallon

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.52, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.26.

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

  • Batavia – $3.47 (up 1 cent from last week)
  • Buffalo – $3.46 (no change from last week)
  • Ithaca – $3.50 (down 1 cent from last week)
  • Rochester – $3.51 (down 1 cent from last week)
  • Rome – $3.54 (down 2 cents from last week)
  • Syracuse – $3.48 (down 1 cent from last week)
  • Watertown – $3.55 (down 3 cents from last week)

Pump prices continue to drop slightly at the national level over the past week. A week ago, oil prices dropped into the mid $60 per barrel territory – a price not seen since August. Today, they are in the $70s. Lower oil prices and OPEC’s decision not to cut production played a role in the price decrease. Concerns over a potential COVID-19-induced economic slowdown also contributed, along with a slight decrease in demand. Year-end holiday travel should push demand up beginning next week.

To conserve fuel, motorists should map routes, avoid peak traffic times like rush hour, and combine errands into one trip while using cruise control when possible. Drivers should also make sure tire pressure is at the vehicle’s recommended level for the best gas mileage while removing any unnecessary and bulky items from the car since it takes more fuel to accelerate a heavy vehicle.

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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