Gas Prices Rise Again, Remain Below National Average
NORTH OF BOSTON – Gasoline prices continue to rise in Massachusetts, and are up 7 cents per gallon today compared to a week ago, according to AAA Northeast. Motorists are still paying far less than this time last year.
AAA’s March 21 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $1.86 per gallon, seven cents higher than last week. Prices have jumped 16 cents the last two weeks. The Massachusetts price is 12 cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $1.98. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 46 cents higher at $2.32.
“The price of oil has been flirting with $40 per barrel, and last week was the fifth straight week of oil price increases,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Prices typically move higher at this time of year as gasoline demand begins to increase and refineries conduct seasonal maintenance. Those factors, along with oil price increases, are driving this latest round of higher pump prices.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 36 cents, from a low of $1.73 to a high of $2.09. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.
Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:
- Regular: $1.86 ($1.73-$2.09)
- Midgrade: $2.11 ($1.97-$2.39)
- Premium: $2.32 ($2.05-$2.79)
- Diesel:$2.11 ($1.99-$2.29)
Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.
The preceding post was provided by AAA Northeast, a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.