Gas Prices Continue to Increase Dramatically

Gas Prices Continue to Increase Dramatically

Pain at the Pump as Crude Oil Prices Rise
Elizabeth Carey
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Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, up six cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.17. The New York State average is $3.43 – up eight 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 - $3.38 (up five cents from last week)
  • Buffalo - $3.36 (up five cents from last week)
  • Ithaca - $3.43 (up seven cents from last week)
  • Rochester - $3.42 (up seven cents from last week)
  • Rome - $3.44 (up eight cents from last week)
  • Syracuse - $3.39 (up six cents from last week)
  • Watertown - $3.42 (up eight cents since last week)

Gas prices took a big jump over the past two weeks with national gas prices increasing 13 cents in two weeks.  Total domestic gasoline stocks decreased along with gasoline demand. Despite that drop in demand, which would typically bring prices down, gas prices increased. But high crude prices (above $80 per barrel) remain the main culprit for rising pump prices. As crude prices remain elevated, pump prices will likely follow suit. 

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

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

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