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Decreasing oil prices push gas prices lower


Mon, Jul 11th 2022 12:35 pm

National average down another 12 cents

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.68, down 13 cents from last Monday, and down 12 cents since reported last Tuesday. One year ago, the price was $3.14. The New York state average is $4.80, down 9 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.20.

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

√ Batavia – $4.72 (down 8 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Buffalo – $4.76 (down 5 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Elmira – $4.79 (down 8 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Ithaca – $4.86 (down 5 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Rochester – $4.86 (down 7 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Rome – $4.90 (down 5 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Syracuse – $4.81 (down 7 cents from last Tuesday)

√ Watertown – $4.90 (down 3 cents from last Tuesday)

Early last week, unleaded gasoline dropped below $5 a gallon at about 80% of gas stations across the country as oil prices dropped amid broad market concern regarding a potential slow, or even stall, of economic growth due to rising interest rates and inflation. A lower economic growth rate than expected could cause crude demand to further decline, leading pump prices to follow suit. This morning, oil prices are at $103 to $105, down slightly from the $103 to $107 per barrel seen last Tuesday.

Last Wednesday, data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that gas demand sat at 8.93 million b/d, which was lower the last year’s rate of 9.11 million b/d at the end of June. On the other hand, domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2.6 million bbl to 221.6 million bbl. These supply and demand dynamics, along with decreasing oil prices, have pushed pump prices lower. If these trends continue, drivers will likely continue to see relief at the pump.

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.

AAA members receive discounts at gas stations such as Fastrac, Maple Leaf Market and Shell. 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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