AAA: Gas prices take steep drop; enjoy it while you can

AAA Western and Central New York: gas prices down slightly across region

GasBuddy's daily survey of more than 1,200 gas outlets in ME found that average retail gasoline prices in the state have fallen 5.3 cents in the past week to an average of $2.55 per gallon. The average price for gallon now is $2.57 as of Sunday, and the national average is at $2.41 a gallon.

According to GasBuddy, Manatee County motorists were paying the highest prices on Monday - $2.64 per gallon - for the third consecutive week when compared to surrounding areas.

- This is a welcome sight: gas prices are falling and are down to less than $2.50 per gallon.

In Nebraska, the lowest average prices are on the east side of the state, and the highest in the central part. Miami-Dade's $2.63 average was 4 cents less.

47 of the nation's 50 states saw their average price of gasoline decline, while Hawaii, Indiana and Nevada were the lone three that saw average prices rise. During this time, refineries reduce output while they conduct scheduled maintenance on their equipment.

Florida's spring tourism season also helps drive prices higher, Jenkins said.




In Iowa, the price a month ago was $2.53, and it was $2.31 past year.

Wholesale gasoline prices rose 3 cents last week, AAA said, after declining almost 20 cents during the previous two weeks.

Despite the growth over the past two weeks, inventory of both commodities are down by a significant margin compared to this time a year ago.

Lower prices are the result of an increase in both domestic oil and gasoline production. A year ago at this time, it was $2.28 a gallon.

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.

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