Gas Prices Decline for Fourth Consecutive Week

Gas prices are in a monthlong downward trend.

Gas prices are in a monthlong downward trend. (pic by

A near monthlong trend of falling gasoline prices has been a lone bright economic spot for many motorists that spent most of their summers paying top dollar for fuel. The American Automobile Association called the trend “welcome news for cash-strapped motorists.”

Four consecutive weekly price drops have the national average for regular unleaded gasoline sitting at $3.39, a 6 cent decline from the previous week. Throughout the streak, national average gas prices are down a total of 27 cents.

Lowest prices are clustered in the south, while the highest prices plague both coasts and the two non-continental states.

Here are the top five states with the lowest gas prices currently:

  1. South Carolina – $3.147 per gallon
  2. Missouri – $3.173 per gallon
  3. Texas – $3.183 per gallon
  4. Tennessee – $3.209 per gallon (ed. note – we paid $3.079 a gallon this past weekend in Sevierville, Tennessee)
  5. Louisiana – $3.210 per gallon

And the most expensive gas in the nation can be found in the bottom five – seven if we went beyond the continental United States and included Alaska ($4.156 per gallon) and Hawaii ($4.232 per gallon), which far outstrip the rest of the nation:

  1. California – $3.787 per gallon
  2. Washington – $3.760 per gallon
  3. Oregon – $3.727 per gallon
  4. New York – $3.677 per gallon
  5. Connecticut – $3.669 per gallon

Many pundits claim the streak will be broken, and most assume sooner than later. But we’ve already seen the prognosticators proven wrong on car sales, with surprising results showing a turnaround in Detroit and beyond, while Japanese stalwarts Honda and Toyota continue to struggle.

So gasoline prices could be another area of surprise. We sure hope so, because we’re loving taking advantage of the lower prices to travel.

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

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