Gas Demand Increases with Summer Travel 

Gas Demand Increases with Summer Travel 

Crude prices hit highest level in nearly 3 years
Elizabeth Carey
gas pump in car

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.10, up three cents in the past week. One year ago, the price was $2.18. The New York State average is $3.15 – up two cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.25. AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

  • Batavia - $3.10 (up two cents since last Monday)
  • Buffalo - $3.07 (no change since last Monday)
  • Ithaca - $3.11 (no change since last Monday)
  • Rochester - $3.10 (no change since last Monday)
  • Rome - $3.22 (up two cents since last Monday)
  • Syracuse - $3.14 (up two cents since last Monday)
  • Watertown - $3.18 (up one cent since last Monday)

Demand for gasoline is on the rise as schools have wrapped up and summer travel is in full swing. Crude prices remain well over $70 per barrel. Crude prices continue to ascend due to optimism that vaccine rollout will continue to help crude demand recover. In fact, the price of crude crossed the $73 per barrel threshold last week for the first time in nearly three years. Daily crude prices have not been this high since October 2018. Increasing crude prices, while gas demand remains high, are pushing pump prices higher ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend. For the holiday, AAA expects 43 million Americans to drive to their destinations. That is the highest on record for this holiday and 5% more than the previous record in 2019.

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.

Motorists can also locate gas prices across the country and stay up-to-date on the latest news and fuel-saving tips at:

AAA Gas Prices

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