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Low gas prices bringing people to Irving to fill up their tanks

Gas prices
Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 21:04:21-04

IRVING, N.Y. (WKBW) — Love is in the air for gasoline prices.

At $0.97 cents a gallon, gas stations on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Irving are seeing a steady stream of cars all day.

"A lot of people haven't even seen these prices since they were 15-16 years old," Big Indian Smoke Shop cashier Joshua Myers said. "Even then, they weren't even this low."

With gas prices at an average of $2.32 a gallon in Buffalo and not much lower statewide, people don't mind making a little detour to save some money.

"We passed other gas stations and it was like $2.15 a gallon," one couple said. "So you're saving like a dollar a gallon to come here."

Which is why many are taking advantage like two men from West Seneca who brought along eight plastic gas cans.

"We got a couple lawn mowers and tractors, and this truck so this is a good price," they said. "Saves us a lot of money."

Elizabeth Carey from AAA Western & Central New York knows these prices are a good deal for any driver.

"Sometimes it hurts the wallet to fill up your gas tank so people like to see the lower prices," she said.

It's hard to pass up, even if you're not driving a lot right now. But despite a stay at home order, AAA suggests you take a drive every now and then to avoid problems down the road.

"The AAA advice is to take the vehicle for a ride, get some juice to the battery to keep it in good working condition," Carey said. "At the same time, you can at least take advantage of the gas and fill up that tank and help the battery out at the same time."

So as long as these prices hold steady, Western New Yorkers will and should take advantage as they find a little bright spot for their wallet during these uncertain times.