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Pump prices down: National average drops 16 cents


Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:30 pm

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.52, down 16 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $3.17. The New York state average is $4.69, down 11 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 – $4.62 (down 10 cents from last week)

√ Buffalo – $4.68 (down 8 cents from last week)

√ Elmira – $4.70 (down 9 cents from last week)

√ Ithaca – $4.80 (down 6 cents from last week)

√ Rochester – $4.77 (down 9 cents from last week)

√ Rome – $4.82 (down 8 cents from last week)

√ Syracuse – $4.73 (down 8 cents from last week)

√ Watertown – $4.83 (down 7 cents from last week)

According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand tapered off over the past two weeks following the Independence Day holiday, while total domestic gas stocks increased. The lower demand, alongside cheaper oil prices, has helped to push pump prices down. If these supply/demand dynamics hold, drivers will likely continue to see price relief at the pump.

This morning, oil prices are hovering around the $100 per barrel mark, which is down slightly compared to one week ago, though prices did drop below $100 at one point last week.

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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