FRAMINGHAM – Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up five cents this week, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham, off Route 9.
AAA’s January 8 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.48 per gallon.
The Massachusetts price is one cent below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.49.
A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 19 cents lower at $2.29.
“Crude oil prices at the end of 2017 were the highest at the end of the year since 2013, helping to keep pump prices from their traditional January dip,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs, in a media release. “The cold weather has also played a role, with more crude being needed for production of home heating oil.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 48 cents, from a low of $2.31 to a high of $2.79.
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.
AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.