FRAMINGHAM -Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up five cents this week, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham.
AAA’s March 18 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.44 per gallon.
The Massachusetts price is 10 cents lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.54.
A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was four cents higher at $2.48.
“Since early February, gasoline demand has been steadily increasing while stocks have been gradually decreasing, which has boosted pump prices across the country,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs, in a media release. “But the good news is that most motorists are not paying more at the pump than they were at this time last year.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 81 cents, from a low of $2.24 to a high of $3.05.
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 66 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.7 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.