After 2016's significantly lower pump prices, motorists can expect to see a spike this year

Prices at the gas pumps continue to be on the rise into the new year, nationally and statewide. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.34 per gallon, according to AAA Western and Central New York — that's up 5 cents from last week and up 35 cents from one year ago, AAA adds.

Oil Price Information Service says motorists can expect a moderate spike in 2017, after a year, 2016, that saw significantly lower prices than experienced in 2015. 

The New York state average is $2.52 per gallon, up 5 cents from last week and up 29 cents from a year ago, when the state average was $2.23, according to AAA.

Locally, motorists could buy unleaded for $2.39 a gallon Sunday at the Kwik Fill on Route 332 near North Street in Canandaigua, according to GasBuddy.com. The lowest price posted at the site for Monday in Canandaigua was $2.43 at the Mobil station at Lakeshore Drive and East Lake Road.

New York's gas tax went down by 0.8 cents on New Year's Day, but that reduction was countered by the rising prices.

Last week, according to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of unleaded gas topped $2.30 for the first time in 200 days. It has yet to rise to $2.40 — it has been nearly 500 days since the national average topped that figure, according to Oil Price Information Service.

The national average price for 2016 was $2.12 per gallon of unleaded, 27 cents lower than 2015, according to AAA.

 

Closer to home

AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

• Buffalo — $2.44, up 4 cents from last week

• Rochester — $2.46, up 5 cents

• Rome — $2.48, up 4 cents

• Syracuse — $2.42, up 5 cents