One of the everyday things that we pay for is gasoline for our vehicles. It's one thing that we all have to pay for, and that's why it can be frustrating when gas prices start to rise and there's not much you can do about it.

I remember when I was a kid, the average price of gas was somewhere between $1.50 and $1.90. My dad used to complain if it ever went over $2.00 per gallon; now, we would all love if the price of gas was that low. Cars would be lined up around the block and then some.

But in 2022, the price of gas is much higher.

The current price of gas is going up in Western New York. According to AAA of Western and Central New York, the average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.53.

That's up 4 cents from last week.

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What about the national average? Where does that stand, compared to Western New York?

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The national average is $3.44 for a gallon of regular gas -- 9 cents lower than Western New York's average. The average for New York State is $3.58, which is just barely higher than Western New York.

It's tougher in the winter, when gas mileage is more valuable, and you have to make sure enough gas is in your vehicle at all times, with impending snowstorms that could be on the horizon.

Hopefully, the price of gas can go down in the not so distant future.

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