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Gas prices drop some as oil prices fall

Western New York saw minimal relief as the average price of a gallon of gas dropped 3 cents in Buffalo from last week.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Drivers will see some relief in gas prices week as the average cost of gas per gallon have dropped slightly from last week, according to AAA.

As of Monday, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline was listed at $4.90, according to AAA. This is an 8 cent decrease from last week. This time last year, the average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. was $3.10.

Here in New York State, the average cost for a gallon of gas decreased 5 cents from last Monday, bringing the state average back under $5 to $4.96. This time last year, the average cost of gas in New York was $3.15.

According to AAA, the average cost of a gallon of gas in Buffalo is $4.86, which is down 3 cent from last Monday. In Batavia the average price of gas decreased 1 cents from last Monday to $4.88, while the average cost in Rochester fell 2 cent landing at $4.95.

The slight drop in gas prices is being attributed to lower oil prices, according to AAA. This drop comes because of concert of possible lower economic growth rate. If economic growth dose slow, demand for crude oil could decline and bring down prices with it. 

Demand for gas is expected to pick up over the holiday week for the 4th of July. AAA predicts 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this coming weekend. These predicted travel levels could be just shy of travel in 2019.

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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