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WNY continues to see falling gas prices

WGRZ-TV Buffalo 9/19/2022 WGRZ Staff
A Look At Local Gas Prices © Provided by WGRZ-TV Buffalo A Look At Local Gas Prices

Drivers in Western New York are continuing to see gas prices fall, according to data from AAA. New York state is seeing the average price of gas drop more significantly than nationwide. 

The national average price for a gallon of gas dropped 4 cents from last week, decreasing to $3.68, according to AAA. This time last year the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.19.

Currently the average cost for a gallon of gas in New York is $3.78, which is down 11 cents from last week. This time last year the average price was $3.28.

Here in Western New York, the average price of a gallon of gas in Buffalo is $3.89, which is down 8 cents from the week prior. In Batavia, the cost of a gallon of gas decreased 13 cents landing at $3.92. Meanwhile, Rochester saw a 12 cent decrease down to $3.91 a gallon. 

AAA reports that every region in Western and Central New York are seeing gas prices below $4 a gallon, bringing some relief to drivers. Fluctuating oil prices could slow this decrease in gas prices. Currently a barrel of oil costs between $84 to $90.

Some more instability recently came from the Consumer Price Index that showed inflation remains stronger than expected and continued fears of drastic action from the Federal Reserve, according to AAA. Action would likely cause demand for oil to drop. Gas prices would likely follow. 

While gas prices remain higher than last year, AAA says drivers can conserve fuel by mapping their routes, avoiding peak traffic times, using cruise control when possible and combining errands into one trip. 

AAA also notes that drivers should make sure their vehicle's tire pressure is at the recommended level to achieve the best gas mileage. Drivers should also remove any unnecessary and bulky items from their vehicle because it takes more fuel to accelerate a heavy vehicle.

For more information about how to look up gas prices across the country, or to get more fuel-saving tips from AAA, head to the AAA website.

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