Price of diesel surges to all-time high

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 May 2022 at 10:11 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The cost of diesel and regular unleaded gas is advertised at this sign last night at the Crosby’s at the corner of routes 31 and 98 in Albion.

The cost for a gallon of diesel gas has soared to an all-time high, AAA is reporting.

In Friday, the average price nationally was $5.51 a gallon, up from $3.10 a year ago. In New York, the average price was at $6.31 on Friday, up from $3.14 a year ago.

(AAA today reports average price for regular unleaded in NY is $4.509 a gallon, with mid-grade at $4.810 and premium at $5.058. The price for a gallon of diesel is $6.376 a gallon. A week ago diesel was $5.86 a gallon. A month ago it was $5.291 a gallon in New York state.)

New York has the second-highest diesel price in the country, behind only California at $6.50.

The high diesel fuel prices impact businesses that need to transport goods and those that have commercial vehicles, AAA said.

“To say we’re feeling pain at the pump is an understatement,” said Steve Steinmetz, director of automotive service operations at AAA Western and Central New York. “Prices have literally doubled since last year impacting all towing companies across the state.”