UTICA — Motorists who were hoping to see gas prices begin to drop like leaves this fall may have to wait a little longer. The average gas price across New York is up five cents from last week, averaging $3.28 per gallon on Tuesday, up from $3.23 last week. Today’s price is six cents higher than a month ago and 99 cents higher than a year ago. Additionally, New York’s average gas price is 10 cents higher than the national average of $3.18.
“Historically, gas demand starts to decline in the fall as schools reopen and summer road trips end, which leads to less expensive gas prices,” said Patti Artessa, AAA Northeast Regional Director of Public Affairs. “Despite the dip in demand, the national average is expected to remain above $3 per gallon, especially as crude oil continues to price on the higher end.”
The price of a gallon of gas in the Utica/Rome area was $3.29, a penny higher than the state New York State average. Prior to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, gas prices were at a recent low of $2.14 per gallon nationally.