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Gas prices drop slightly from last week in WNY, on the rise nationally

Nationally the average price of gas went up four cents since last week to $3.41, according to AAA.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Drivers in Western New York are continuing to seeing gas price drop slightly, according to data from AAA. 

The average price of a gallon of gas in Buffalo is $3.36, which is two cents less than last week. In Batavia, gas prices are currently at $3.34, two cents lower than the week before. The average price in Rochester also down two cents from last week to $3.42 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price of gas went up four cents from last week to $3.41. Across New York State, the average price of gas has fallen two cents to $3.43. A year ago the state average was $4.21 and the national $4.01.

Lower oil prices have kept the price of gas low. On Monday morning, AAA reported they were ranging $77 to $83 per gallon, a far cry from where they were at one year ago.

However, AAA is reporting that gas prices may rise again if demand increases as domestic stock decreases. The summer blend of gas, which is more expensive to refine, is also being reintroduced, which would lead to prices increasing further.

Diesel prices continue to fall. The average diesel fuel prices in New York State have fallen five cents and are now $5.00 a gallon. Nationally, the average price of diesel is $4.38, down three cents.

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 vehicles 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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