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Gas Price Report: Week of March 25, 2019

For the first time in 2019, the national gas price average is more expansive than at the same time last year.

The national gas price average continues to grow, with an eight-cents increase since last week. It also marks the first time in 2019 that gas prices were more expensive than at the same time the year prior. On the week, every state except Florida saw gas prices increase, some as much as 16 cents.

“Thanks to increasing demand and tightening gasoline stocks across the country, March gas prices came in like a lion and will not go out like a lamb,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “State gas price averages are very similar to a year ago give or take a few pennies, which means some motorists are paying among the most expensive averages seen this time of year in the last five years.”

National average: $2.62

Local state averages:

CT: $2.69        MA: $2.55       NH: $2.48       NJ: $2.65         NY: $2.70       RI: $2.55

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Historical Context

This week in history: March 26, 1953

Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine to prevent polio.

National gas price average in 1953: $0.29

Cost to fill a tank (1953/2019)

INFINITI QX80

$7.54/$68.12

Jeep Wrangler

$5.08/$45.85

Ford C-MAX Hybrid

$3.92/$35.37

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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