Gas prices slowly, but steadily declining for majority of motorists

(August 21, 2018) As summer slows to an end, gas prices across the country are getting less expensive. Today’s national gas price average is $2.84, which is three cents less than at the beginning of the month. With the exception of a handful of states, the majority of motorists are seeing slow, but steady pump price drops during the last few weeks.

“Compared to July, consumer demand for gasoline is weaning and prices are following suit,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The national average is expected to keep moving lower, especially with the switchover to lower grade gasoline in September.”

In September, gas stations will start selling winter-blend gasoline. This blend, which is cheaper to produce, contains a fuel that evaporates at low temperatures for vehicle engines to operate properly, especially when the engine is cold.

The national gas price average is saving motorists two-cents on the week and one-cent on the month, but motorists are paying 50-cents more than this time last year.

Quick Stats

    The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets are: Hawaii($3.76), California ($3.60), Washington ($3.38), Alaska ($3.34), Oregon ($3.25), Idaho ($3.23), Nevada ($3.19), Utah ($3.18), Connecticut ($3.05) and Pennsylvania ($3.04).

    The nation’s top 10 largest weekly changes are: Michigan (-10 cents), Illinois (-7 cents), Utah (+6 cents), Florida (-5 cents), Delaware (-5 cents), Ohio (+4 cents), South Dakota (-4 cents), Georgia (-3 cents), Oklahoma (-3 cents) and South Carolina (-3 cents).