National Gas Prices Continue to Rise

National Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas Impacted Refineries
Elizabeth Carey
paying at the gas pump

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.20, up two cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.18. The New York State average is $3.28 – no change from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.27. AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

  • Batavia - $3.26 (up one cent since last week)
  • Buffalo - $3.23 (no change since last week)
  • Ithaca - $3.28 (up one cent since last week)
  • Rochester - $3.28 (up one cent since last week)
  • Rome - $3.30 (no change since last week)
  • Syracuse - $3.24 (no change since last week)
  • Watertown - $3.25 (no change since last week)

The national gas price average has reached $3.195 (which rounds up to $3.20) tying early August peaks and matching a 7-year-high. Much of the rise in prices is due to impacts from Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas on oil and refinery production. Reduced crude production combined with gradual refinery restarts has led to a drop in percent of crude utilization nationwide. Meanwhile, total domestic stocks are down as well. As the recovery process continues, some states have already seen prices jump by 10 cents in a week. 

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. Save 30 cents per gallon on your first fill-up at Shell when you join between July 1 and August 31, 2021. 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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