AAA Western and Central New York predicts gas prices will increase come spring

Posted at 11:53 PM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 00:07:34-05

You'll be paying more for gas come springtime.

AAA Western and Central New York now says despite recent dips in gas prices, the national average could go up to as high as $2.70 per gallon, starting in April.

It would be the first time in nearly three years average gas prices have been this high; back in summer 2015, the average price was $2.81.

“There is tremendous volatility in the oil and gasoline market. Crude oil is selling at high prices compared to previous years and domestic gasoline demand has been high most of the winter," said Elizabeth Carey, director of public relations at AAA Western and Central New York. “This spring, consumers may have to make decisions on where they can cut costs to cover rising gas prices.”

A majority of Americans say they would change up their driving habits to save a few bucks. A new AAA survey shows about 25% of drivers would start making changes when the price hits $2.75/gal, and another 40% say they'd make changes at $3.00. To save money on gas this spring, AAA says you should do the following:

· Slow down. The faster you drive the more fuel you use. Every 5 mph over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.18 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy.

· Share work or school rides by carpooling or consider public transportation.

· Do not use your trunk for storage. The heavier your car, the more fuel it uses.

· Combine errands. If possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to place.