AAA: Gas prices this Easter are the cheapest in 12 years


By Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com



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    Today’s average price at the pump

    Gas prices jumped by a few cents across the board overnight.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:

    • Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.14 today, up 4 cents overnight and up 7 cents in the last week.

    • Pennsylvania gas average at $2.13 today, up 3 cents overnight and up 8 cents in the last week.

    • National gas average at $2.03 today, up 2 cents overnight, up 6 cents in the last week.

    WILKES-BARRE — Commuters getting ready for the holiday travel may have noticed that the prices at the pump have been on the rise as of late.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic, however, said that despite rising prices, holiday commuters will still enjoy the cheapest gas prices in 12 years.

    Yesterday’s average gas price in Wilkes-Barre was $2.10 per gallon — a year ago on that date, the average was $2.50.

    “As they (commuters) hit the road, they will still pay the cheapest prices for gasoline for this time of year since 2004,” said Jana Tidwell, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “The recent uptick in the average retail price of gasoline can be attributed in part to another rite of spring — the seasonal switch-over from winter-grade to summer grade gasoline.”

    So what’s the difference between the two blends of gasoline?

    “The difference between summer- and winter-blend gasoline involves the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the fuel,” AAA’s website reports. “RVP is a measure of how easily the fuel evaporates at a given temperature. The more volatile a gasoline (higher RVP), the easier it evaporates.”

    Winter-blended fuel has a higher RVP because the fuel has to be able to evaporate at lower temperatures to run the engine in colder temperatures.

    “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says conventional summer-blend gasoline contains 1.7 percent more energy than winter-blend gas, which is one reason why gas mileage is slightly better in the summer,” AAA’s website says. “However, the summer-blend is also more expensive to produce, and that cost is passed on to the motorist.”

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    By Travis Kellar

    tkellar@timesleader.com

    Today’s average price at the pump

    Gas prices jumped by a few cents across the board overnight.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:

    • Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.14 today, up 4 cents overnight and up 7 cents in the last week.

    • Pennsylvania gas average at $2.13 today, up 3 cents overnight and up 8 cents in the last week.

    • National gas average at $2.03 today, up 2 cents overnight, up 6 cents in the last week.

    Reach Travis Kellar at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @TLNews

    Reach Travis Kellar at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @TLNews

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