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Despite decreasing gas prices, fewer Americans are fueling up

Posted 8/10/22

New York’s average gas price is down 9 cents from last week, averaging $4.42 per gallon.

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Despite decreasing gas prices, fewer Americans are fueling up

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UTICA — New York’s average gas price is down 9 cents from last week, averaging $4.42 per gallon. The Aug. 8 price is 41 cents lower than a month ago, and $1.20 higher than July 18, 2021. New York’s average gas price is 37 cents higher than the national average. 

Despite steadily falling gas prices during the peak of the summer driving season, fewer drivers fueled up last week. It’s another sign that for now, Americans are changing their driving habits to cope with higher pump prices. Meanwhile, the cost of oil has edged lower on fears of economic slowdowns elsewhere around the globe. Because of these factors, the national average for a gallon of gas fell to $4.05.  

“Oil is the primary ingredient in gasoline, so less expensive oil is helpful in taming pump prices,” said Patti Artessa, regional director for Public and Government Affairs for AAA Northeast in a press release. “Couple that with fewer drivers fueling up, and you have a recipe for gas prices to keep easing. It’s possible that the national average will fall below $4 this week.”

AAA found that drivers made significant changes to cope with high pump prices. In a new survey, almost two-thirds of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March. Drivers’ top two changes to offset high gas prices are driving less and combining errands. Today’s national average of $4.05 is 67 cents less than a month ago and 87 cents more than a year ago. 

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