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Gas prices go up. Again.


Mon, Jan 24th 2022 01:45 pm

National gas price average jumps 2 cents, demand picks up slightly

AAA of Western and Central New York provided the following information:

Monday’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, up 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.40. The New York state average is $3.50, up 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.49.

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

  • Batavia – $3.43 (down 1 cent from last week)
  • Buffalo – $3.45 (up 1 cent from last week)
  • Ithaca – $3.49 (no change from last week)
  • Rochester – $3.50 (up 1 cent from last week)
  • Rome – $3.53 (up 1 cent from last week)
  • Syracuse – $3.47 (up 1 cent from last week)
  • Watertown – $3.52 (up 2 cents from last week)

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline demand rose slightly. The small increase still puts gas demand in a typical range for the winter driving season. Typically, pump prices decline in January due to low gas demand and a rise in total stocks, but continued growth in the price of crude oil has helped to elevate pump prices. 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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