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Gas Price Report: Week of March 11, 2019

The national gas price average continues to rise with a five cent jump from last week.

The national gas price average rose for the third consecutive week to land at $2.47, a nickel more than last week. The increase is an effect of gasoline stocks gradually decreasing while demand has beginning to increase and crude oil prices fluctuating.

“While motorists are paying more to fill up today than at the beginning of the year, gas prices are still cheaper year-over-year by a nickel,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Pump prices will continue to increase in coming weeks, but AAA does not expect this year’s high to be nearly as expensive as last year’s peak price of $2.97.”

Today’s gas price average is 20 cents more expensive than a month ago, but five cents less than at the same time last year.

National average: $2.47

Local state averages:

CT: $2.56        MA: $2.45       NH: $2.36       NJ: $2.64         NY: $2.52       RI: $2.42

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Historical Context

This week in history: March 15, 1972

“The Godfather” premieres in New York City.

National gas price average in 1972: $0.36

Cost to fill a tank (1972/2019)

Ford Explorer

$6.70/$45.94

Honda Accord

$5.33/$36.56

Chevrolet Volt

$3.20/$21.98

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

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