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Finally: Gas prices drop


Mon, Mar 21st 2022 08:30 am

Drivers will welcome some relief at the pump

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.25, down 8 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.88. The New York state average is 4.37, down 8 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.92.

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

√ Batavia – $4.35 (down 3 cents from last week)

√ Buffalo – $4.37 (down 3 cents from last week)

√ Elmira – $4.31 (down 10 cents from last week)

√ Ithaca – $4.33 (down 11 cents from last week)

√ Rochester – $4.38 (down 4 cents from last week)

√ Rome – $4.30 (down 10 cents from last week)

√ Syracuse – $4.33 (down 9 cents from last week)

√ Watertown – $4.34 (down 7 cents from last week)

Drivers are getting a bit of relief at the pump as gas prices are down across the region. Oil prices are near $110 per barrel this morning, rather than over $130 two weeks ago. In August, oil prices were $30 per barrel. Oil prices dropped last week when China announced COVID-19 lockdowns.

Additionally, EIA reported total domestic crude stocks increased last week. The recent growth in total domestic crude inventories also contributes to the current reduction in 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. Get more tips here: https://gasprices.aaa.com/news/fuel-saving-tips/.

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 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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