AAA Reports gas Prices Flat Despite Holiday Demand

Average price for regular unleaded is $2.52/gallon

In spite of record-breaking holiday travel, gasoline prices in Massachusetts are unchanged this week, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA Northeast’s December 30 survey of prices in the Bay State finds self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline averaging $2.52 per gallon, the same as last week. The Massachusetts price is 6 cents below the national average of $2.58. A year ago at this time, the average Bay State price was a penny higher, at $2.53 per gallon.

“Record-breaking end of year travel has increased demand for gasoline, and hiked prices in many states, but not here in Massachusetts,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “And the spikes in gas prices we are seeing across the country should be short-lived.  AAA expects gas prices to decrease following the holidays.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 73 cents, from a low of $2.32 to a high of $3.05. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area and, urges drivers to slow down and move over for any emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.52 ($2.32-$3.05)                              Regular Unleaded                    

$2.76 ($2.52-$2.94)                              Midgrade Unleaded                 

$2.93 ($2.74-$3.39)                              Premium Unleaded                  

$2.97 ($2.73-$3.29)                              Diesel                                     

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