With cheap gas prices circulating through New York State, individuals are utilizing every chance they have to fill up their tank.
Locals in Syracuse have seen a huge decline in prices, with numbers as low as $1.96 at the pump.
Mack Johnston, a manager at a local Speedway, says he thinks we could see prices this good over the next year or more.
“If we are really listening to the scientist, I think they are the most reliable,” said Johnston. “…they understand what’s going on, the nature of the virus…and the fact that we’re probably going to see a second wave.”
Johnston, along with Elizabeth Carey, who is the director of public relations for AAA, says the impact of the pandemic has had a direct effect on oil prices.
“Normally gas prices fluctuate based on oil prices,” said Carey. “Oil prices went way down when the pandemic hit, so the pandemic is definitely having an impact on gas prices this year.”
As the seasons begin to change, that also becomes a direct cause of low prices due to the change of fuel being produced.
“As the weather gets colder, refineries begin to make winter blended fuel,” said Carey. “…winter blend fuel is always cheaper, so gas prices are typically cheaper in the winter than they are in the summer.”
Syracuse is also known for its brutal winters, so it’s advised to start preparing your vehicles now before it’s too cold.
“Always remember to keep your gas tank above half a tank,” said Carey. “…and you want to make sure there is enough gas to properly run the vehicle in the cold temperature.”