BUFFALO, N.Y. — Here in Western New York, drivers are seeing a little relief at the pump, according to data from AAA.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Buffalo is $3.69, two cents down from last week. In Batavia, gas prices are currently at $3.63, one cent less than the week before. The average price in Rochester is two cents down from last week at $3.72 a gallon.
Nationally, the average price of gas remained last week at $3.54. Across New York State, the average price of gas has gone down one cent to $3.67. A year ago the state average was $4.75 and the national $4.47.
A rise in demand for gas was offset this week by lower oil prices. AAA reports that oil prices have remained around $70 a barrel. The lower oil prices can still be attributed to a fear of global economic recession.
Meanwhile, diesel prices have again dropped slightly. The average national price is down four cents from last week to $4.01 a gallon and the New York State average has dropped six cents from last week to $4.63.
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.