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Gas prices continue to increase amid global turmoil


Mon, Feb 28th 2022 11:55 am

Russia/Ukraine crisis pushed oil prices up

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.61, up 8 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.72. The New York state average is $3.80, up 5 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.78.

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

  • Batavia – $3.75 (up 7 cents from last week)
  • Buffalo – $.75 (up 5 cents from last week)
  • Ithaca – $3.81 (up 5 cents from last week)
  • Rochester – $3.79 (up 4 cents from last week)
  • Rome – $3.80 (up 4 cents from last week)
  • Syracuse – $3.75 (up 4 cents from last week)
  • Watertown – $3.79 (up 6 cents from last week)

Demand for gasoline increased last week as many families traveled for February break. An increase in gas demand, alongside a reduction in total supply, is contributing to price increases, but increasing oil prices continue to play a leading role in pushing prices higher. Pump prices will likely continue to rise as crude prices continue to climb. 

This morning, oil prices remain elevated. Crude prices surged after Russia launched its military invasion of Ukraine. As the conflict escalates with more sanctions and retaliatory actions, the oil markets will likely respond by continuing to increase the price of crude oil to reflect more risk of disruption to tight global oil supplies. Additionally, EIA reported that the total domestic crude stock level is approximately 10% lower than mid-February 2021, contributing to pressure on domestic crude prices.

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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