One week after the U.S. State Department announced the end of waivers for countries to import oil from Iran, increasing crude oil prices and pump prices show no signs of slowing down. In Massachusetts, motorists are paying on average today 10 cents more than just a week ago, according to AAA Northeast.
AAA’s April 29 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.79 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is nine cents lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.88. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was four cents lower at $2.75.
“Compared to the beginning of the year, motorists have definitely felt an increasing squeeze on their wallets at the pump,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “These increases mean Americans are having to work more to afford to fill up their gas tanks. AAA found that, nationally, Americans must work 22 percent longer than at the start of the year to buy one gallon of unleaded gasoline - that’s 7.3 minutes compared to 5.76 minutes in January.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 52 cents, from a low of $2.57 to a high of $3.09. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.
Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:
$2.79 ($2.57-$3.09) Regular Unleaded
$2.92 ($2.69-$3.29) Midgrade Unleaded
$3.11 ($2.91-$3.49) Premium Unleaded
$3.09 ($2.85-$3.49) Diesel
Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by visiting AAA.com/FuelFinder.