West Virginia Gas Prices Steady; Crude Prices Drive up National Average

West Virginia, Gas Prices
Route 66 gas station by Marcin Wichary
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Gas prices in Northern West Virginia are holding steady this week at $2.933 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices have been on the rise in many of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, with some making the list of the top 10 largest jumps in the country.  Statewide, West Virginia gas prices are about two cents more expensive than this time last week ($2.93). 

For a second week, gasoline inventories in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region added more than 1.6 million barrels.  Totaling at 69 million barrels, inventories sit at the highest level since June 2017.  Despite the build, prices continue to increase due to more expensive crude oil. 

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average:  $2.933
Average price during the week of October 1, 2018: $2.931
Average price during the week of October 9, 2017: $2.497

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.960      Bridgeport
$2.952      Clarksburg
$2.949      Huntington
$2.985      Martinsburg
$2.945      Morgantown
$2.944      Parkersburg
$2.871      Weirton
$2.854      Wheeling

On the National Front
The national gas price average increased three-cents on the week to $2.91, with all but seven states paying more.  Today’s national gas price average is six-cents more than a month ago and 41-cents more than a year ago.  The September switch-over to winter-blend gasoline ushered in cheaper gas prices compared to the summer, but the drop was short lived.  

Crude oil accounts for much of the retail pump price, and crude is currently selling at some of the highest price points in four years amid concerns of global crude supply and geopolitical tensions.  As a result, fall gas prices have not been this expensive since 2014.  At that time, motorists were paying on average more than $3/gal and crude oil was selling well above $70/barrel.  This year, despite inventory increasing over the week, crude oil is selling at $25 or more per barrel than last year.  Today, the price for a barrel of oil is hovering around $74. 

With gas prices taking an unseasonable turn, AAA offers the following tips for conserving fuel:

  • Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
  • Slow down.  If you travel at 60 mph instead of 70 mph on a 20-mile highway commute, you would save about 1.3 gallons of gas in a five-day work week. 
  • Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
  • Carpool or use public transit.  Also consider combining errands to cut down on amount of time on the road.
  • Avoid long warm-ups in the morning. They’re unnecessary and waste fuel.
  • Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
  • Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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