FRAMINGHAM – Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up two cents this week, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham.
AAA’s April 8 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.55 per gallon.
The Massachusetts price is nineteen cents lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.74.
A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was two cents higher at $2.57.
“As demand holds steady and inventories continue to tighten, motorists continue to see gas prices increase or remain the same in every region,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs, in a media release
“Overall refinery utilization stands at 86% compared to 93% last year at this time. Until refineries return to normal operations, which will take a few weeks, American motorists should expect prices to continue increasing as gasoline demand gains steam,” said Maguire.
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 66 cents, from a low of $2.39 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.