Gas Prices: We Like The Current Trend!

Gas prices came close to $4.00 a gallon this summer.

Gas prices came close to $4.00 a gallon this summer. (image by Reuters/Mike Blake)

Last week, we cheered on the nationwide drop in gas pricing, but even with the declines of the previous week, we were still left wondering why the cost of filling up our cars continued to be so high, with motorists forking over an average of $3.60 per gallon.

This week, the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded has fallen to $3.54 in the United States.

And while we’ll admit we’re still not satisfied, we are happy to see that we’ve experienced another week of declines, with some very lucky parts of the nation seeing gasoline prices under $3.00 a gallon. The big winners of the week, according to GasBuddy.com. were North Dakota ($0.21 decline), Indiana ($0.18 decline) and Michigan ($0.176 decline).

But even though nationwide averages are down, some states ended the week as losers. Hawaii ($0.09 rise), Montana ($0.061 rise) and Wyoming ($0.053 rise) all saw higher gas prices.

Analysts believe the generally uncertain economic trends that have seen losses in just about every single investment out there are part of the reason for the decline in oil prices, now just at $78 a barrel.

Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy says he expects another week of dropping prices. For those who drive cars that use diesel, DeHaan says you can expect a drop between $0.10-$0.25 per gallon over the next couple of weeks.

We hope these predictions of lower prices are dead on, and that fuel prices keep falling across the United States. We can’t think of a better Christmas gift than a nationwide average of a gallon of unleaded that’s below $3.00 a gallon.


About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.


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