Gas Prices Drop In Time For Summer Driving

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and what better way to celebrate warmer weather and the upcoming driving season than with lower gas prices.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the national retail price of regular gasoline is $3.72 a gallon, down 5.9 percent from $3.96 a gallon in 2011.

But, there’s even better news for Ohio drivers. In a survey published Tuesday by the AAA, reports found that motorists in Ohio are paying even less at the pump.

In Ohio, the cost of regular gasoline continues to dip lower than the national average with prices around $3.66 a gallon. Last year, fuel in Ohio cost about $3.82 a gallon.

While gas prices may be down nationwide, they are still a bit higher than they have been at the beginning of most summers, even though the cost of crude oil has recently fallen below $90 a barrel for the first time since November.

Compared to the price of gas over previous Memorial Days, this year’s holiday weekend has the third highest costs on record, behind  2011 and 2008.

And despite lower gas prices throughout most of the U.S., experts do not predict the cost falling below $3 a gallon. Experts say  the price of gas most Americans are currently paying will remain consistent throughout the summer, fluctuating only by a few cents.

Not all motorists are seeing lower gas prices, though (be thankful you live in Ohio). Drivers on the West Coast are still dishing out more than $4 a gallon for regular gasoline.

In California, motorists can expect to pay around $4.25 a gallon while drivers in in Washington State will spend about $4.27. The highest prices of gas are in Alaska and Hawaii, where drivers are paying around $4.52.

Aside from the Western part of the country, the cost of regular gasoline in most states is no more than $4 a gallon.

To find the most up-to-date local gas prices, visit AAA.com. You can also check out our list of ways to control fuel consumption and tips that will help you keep your gas tank in check.

About Brittney French

Brittney is a journalist and media relations specialist who lives in St. Louis, Mo. When she's not blogging for Lebanon Ford, she is the author of a women's column and also writes about music, events, and St. Louis sports. Having little knowledge in the automotive industry, Brittney provides valuable insight on cars for those who may be in the same boat. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter @brittfrancois.