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Gas Prices Reaching Their Lowest Point of the Year as the Holidays Approach

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American consumers who plan on spending a lot of money on holiday shopping can at least look forward to inexpensive fuel in December

The first US fuel economy index decline in four years has been recorded.

Americans can look forward to cheaper fuel this holiday season
Photo: Shell

During the Thanksgiving holiday, drivers were greeted with a pleasant surprise: relatively cheap gas prices. Heading into the holiday season, those same drivers can expect to see gas prices heading toward their lowest point for 2018.

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Currently, the national price for a gallon of gas is somewhere around $2.56. That price stands in stark contrast to how much gas cost in May, when the average asking price for a gallon of gas was $2.97.

It’s also remarkably close to January, when gas was at its least expensive for the year. During that time, the average price of gas was right at $2.49 per gallon.

“Trends are indicating that the month of December may bring some of the cheapest gas prices of the year,” explains Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Currently, 19 states already have gas price averages less expensive than a year ago so as U.S. gasoline demand remains low and supply plentiful, motorists can expect to save at the pump as long as the price of crude oil doesn’t spike.”

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The price of crude oil is currently at a low point for the year as well. Right now, crude oil costs right around $57/bbl.

Still, gas isn’t cheap everywhere. Hawaii still has the nation’s most expensive gas prices, with an average cost of $3.76 per gallon. California isn’t far behind, with a price of $3.61 per gallon.

Ohio is the place to be in terms of affordable fuel
Photo:Robert Chriss

Meanwhile, the price of gas fell by $0.14 in Ohio during the last week alone. Gas currently costs Ohio residents $2.28 per gallon. But the title of nation’s least expensive gas goes to Missouri, where gas currently costs $2.18 per gallon.

Barring any unusual developments, the price of gas is on the fast track to reaching its lowest point for the year. That’s good news for Americans that plan on already spending a lot of money during holiday shopping.

Source: AAA