Gas prices reach record high in New York. How you can save money at the pump – Democrat & Chronicle

Gas prices across the nation have reached a record high this week, with the price per gallon reaching $4.70 in Rochester Monday morning, according to AAA of Western and Central New York.

The latest rise is a 27 cent increase from last week’s rate and a 57 cent rise over the per gallon price one month ago. In New York and across the country, gas prices have skyrocketed this spring.

Gas prices in Rochester NY 

The national average price per gallon of gasoline is $4.48, an increase of 15 cents since last week. One year ago, the cost was $3.04 per gallon. 

Gas prices in New York 

The statewide average is $4.76 per gallon, which is 24 cents higher than one week ago. One year ago the state average was $3.06 per gallon. 

The latest average gas prices: 

  • Buffalo – $4.63
  • Ithaca – $4.67 
  • Rochester – $4.70 
  • Utica/Rome – $4.72
  • Syracuse – $4.66 
  • Batavia – $4.65
  • Binghamton – $4.71
  • Watertown – $4.71
  • White Plains – $4.86
  • Elmira – $4.68
  • Albany – $4.74

You can check daily prices at:

How to find the cheapest gas prices in Rochester NY

Gas prices can vary as much as 10 cents to 15 cents a gallon even within a few blocks or miles.

Use apps such as GasBuddy, Gas Guru and the AAA Mobile App to find the lowest gas prices wherever you are.

You can also check Waze.

Why are gas prices rising?

Prices steadily rose across New York through the first few months of this year, starting at around $3.50 statewide in early January. 

But Russia’s attack on Ukraine are appearing to intensify already-existing inflation, drive oil prices up and snarl supply chains globally, and New Yorkers are already feeling the effects of these events on their wallets. 

Oil prices were more than $109 per barrel Monday morning, according to AAA – crude prices rose over growing market worries that Ukrainian and European Union actions against Russian oil-and-natural gas companies could spark retaliation by Russia leading to more market disruption and uncertainty.

Tips to save money at the pump

  • Fill up at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Kroger: Wholesale club stores Costco and Sam’s Club and grocery stores such as Kroger offer discounted gas. Typically, you need to buy a membership or enroll in a discount program. Using the Walmart app, Walmart+ members get a 5 cents a gallon discount and access to member prices at Sam’s Club.
  • Pay in cash at the pump: You can save 5 to 10 cents a gallon when you pay in cash. That can add up over time, averaging about $1 in savings each time you fill up a 12-gallon tank, according to GasBuddy. But beware of gas stations that charge a surcharge for using a credit card, because they may charge higher prices.
  • Get points, cash back from credit cards: GasBuddy says most people prefer to pay with a credit card. Less than 6% of drivers pay with cash when they fill up their tanks, a GasBuddy study found. Gas cards and gas reward credit cards provide much larger discounts than cash. Check to see if your credit card has any deals on gas purchases. Some will give you double points or cash back. For example, you can get 3% cash back at gas stations with the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express. One of the best is the Sam’s Club Mastercard, which will give you 5% cash back on gas, up to $6,000.
  • Sign up for gas loyalty programs: Sign up for loyalty programs and gas cards, GasBuddy recommends. Nearly all gas stations have a loyalty program. You can often link those rewards accounts to a gas card. 7-Eleven has a program that gives you a discount of 11 cents a gallon for the first seven fill-ups on all fuel grades.
  • Best time of day and week to buy gas: According to GasBuddy, the best day to save money at the pump is Monday, which has the lowest average gas prices in most of the country. The most expensive days in most states? Thursday, followed by Wednesday. GasBuddy estimates you can save $50 to $100 a year by filling up on the cheapest days of the week. You can check the GasBuddy site ( for the cheapest and most expensive days of the week for your state.
  • Earn free gas cards: You can earn free gas gift cards by taking surveys for apps like Swagbucks and Survey Junkie, but be prepared to spend a good deal of time and to hand over a lot of personal information such as your age, job, income and shopping habits.
  • Improve fuel efficiency: Don’t speed. Fuel economy peaks at around 50 mph on most cars. Reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%, according to AAA. Also, don’t brake hard or aggressively accelerate as both of those burn gas faster, GasBuddy says. Turn off your A/C and roll down the windows. Keep up with vehicle maintenance and do routine inspections, AAA says. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. And, travel light. Take anything you don’t need out of your vehicle. For every 100 pounds you carry around, you lose 1% to 2% in fuel efficiency, or 8 cents a gallon, according to Gillis.
  • Fill your tank with regular, not premium: If regular gas is all that’s recommended for your vehicle, then that’s all you need, AAA says. Filling up on premium doesn’t improve your fuel economy and just costs you more money.
  • Drive less: Plan ahead. Map your route before you leave, AAA recommends. Take the most fuel-efficient route on Google Maps. Combine errands to avoid extra trips. Avoid rush hour and anticipate road conditions. Shut off your engine if you will be stopped for more than a minute. According to AAA, a car engine consumes one quarter to one-half gallon of fuel per hour when idling. A warm engine only takes about 10 seconds’ worth of fuel to restart. 

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