Gasoline prices continue to rise in Rhode Island, and are up 7 cents per gallon today compared to a week ago, according to AAA Northeast. Motorists are still paying far less than this time last year.
AAA’s March 21 survey of prices in Rhode Island finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $1.92 per gallon, seven cents higher than last week. Prices are up 18 cents over the past three weeks. Rhode Island’s price is six cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $1.98. A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 48 cents higher at $2.40.
“The price of oil has been flirting with $40 per barrel, and last week was the fifth straight week of oil price increases,” said Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “Prices typically move higher at this time of year as gasoline demand begins to increase and refineries conduct seasonal maintenance. Those factors, along with oil price increases, are driving this latest round of higher pump prices.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 19 cents, from a low of $1.79 to a high of $1.98. 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:
Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.