GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As gas prices around Westchester County continue to drop, Greenburgh features some of the lowest prices in the area.
Regular unleaded fuel was averaging $3.80 per gallon in Westchester and New York City on Monday, a 6-cent drop from prices a week ago, according to AAA of New York.
The decline continues a downward trend that began a month ago after prices sat at an average of $4.06 per gallon. Still, prices in Westchester and New York City, as a combined statistical group, are higher than the current statewide average of $3.70.
Nationwide, prices are averaging $3.50, down 20 cents per gallon from a month ago, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
Edgemont and Scarsdale featured some of the lowest prices in the county, bottoming out at $3.63 at a Gulf station on Scarsdale Avenue. Near Dobbs Ferry and Rye, however, prices were approaching $4 per gallon and further north, in Armonk, prices were at $4.43, among the highest in Westchester County.
Prices are high throughout the Northeast partially because of refinery troubles at factories across the nation, according to Patrick DeHaan, a fuel price analyst for GasBuddy.com.
However, New York’s high tax on gasoline also plays a factor. At 49 cents per gallon, the state leads the nation in taxing gas, 41 cents more per gallon than Alaska, the lowest in the country, according to a report by cnsnews.
DeHaan said the summer outlook is uncertain because of the refinery’s trouble as well as the fluctuating prices of wholesale gasoline.
But for drivers looking to get the most out of their gallon of gas, AAA offers some fuel saving tips.
Properly inflate tires: Only 17 percent of cars on the road have all four tires properly inflated, yet you can increase fuel economy by 3 percent if your tires are at proper pressure, says the U.S. Department of Energy.
Be gentle on gas and brake pedals: Instead of making quick starts and sudden stops, ease up on the gas and brake pedals. Aggressive driving can lower a car’s fuel economy by up to 33 percent.
Drive the speed limit: Each five miles per hour driven over 60 miles per hour is equivalent to paying an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.
Lighten the load: Heavier vehicle uses more fuel.
Keep up-to-date on vehicle maintenance: Keeping a car running properly helps achieve maximum fuel economy.