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No relief at the pump, as oil prices continue to increase


Mon, Jan 17th 2022 09:20 am

Prices steady despite lower demand

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.31, up 1 cent from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.39. The New York state average is $3.48, no change from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.47.

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

  • Batavia – $3.44 (up 2 cents from last week)
  • Buffalo – $3.44 (down 1 cent from last week)
  • Ithaca – $3.49 (no change from last week)
  • Rochester – $3.49 (no change from last week)
  • Rome – $3.52 (no change from last week)
  • Syracuse – $3.46 (no change from last week)
  • Watertown – $3.50 (no change from last week)

After holding steady most of last week, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline increased by 1 cent to $3.31. According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks rose while gasoline demand decreased. Winter weather and the COVID-19 omicron variant are the likely culprits behind this demand dip. Typically, pump prices decline amid lower gas demand and a rise in total stocks, but continued growth in the price of crude oil has helped to elevate pump prices. Crude prices are back in the mid $80 per barrel range. As crude prices continue to climb, pump prices will likely follow suit.

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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