California gas prices are dropping: Here’s what we know

Gas prices in California have been the highest in the nation during the past several months and drivers are finally experiencing relief. The statewide average prices of gas have dropped to $5.38 per gallon, as of Friday. According to AAA, the overall national average for regular gasoline has dropped below $4 per gallon, which is the lowest that it has been since March. On Friday, the U.S. average was $3.98 per gallon. “Prices in California, like the rest of the country, are dropping due to a decrease in demand,” AAA spokesperson John Treanor said. “This decrease in demand can be attributed to the historically high prices.” The average price for regular gasoline in California has gone down by 11.5% compared to last month’s average. Diesel prices, on the other hand, have dropped by around 8% when comparing the latest numbers to last month’s average. According to Treanor, AAA recently conducted a survey on drivers and learned that 67% of them have changed their driving habits due to the increase in gas prices. The demand for gas goes down as people drive less, thereby lowering the overall cost of gas. This decrease, however, is not set in stone as the demand for fuel can increase at any time and drive the prices back up. On average, these prices are at around the $5 mark in the greater Sacramento area, almost a dollar more than the average price a year ago. Some gas stations are offering gas below $5.Gas prices are flexible in the foreseeable future as a change in demand can shift the prices back up or even further down, AAA says. In the meantime, California drivers can use apps like Gas Buddy or AAA’s mobile app to search for the cheapest gas in the area. Here is a county-by-county look at gas prices in Northern California.

Gas prices in California have been the highest in the nation during the past several months and drivers are finally experiencing relief. The statewide average prices of gas have dropped to $5.38 per gallon, as of Friday.

According to AAA, the overall national average for regular gasoline has dropped below $4 per gallon, which is the lowest that it has been since March. On Friday, the U.S. average was $3.98 per gallon.

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“Prices in California, like the rest of the country, are dropping due to a decrease in demand,” AAA spokesperson John Treanor said. “This decrease in demand can be attributed to the historically high prices.”

The average price for regular gasoline in California has gone down by 11.5% compared to last month’s average.

Diesel prices, on the other hand, have dropped by around 8% when comparing the latest numbers to last month’s average.

Nationwide averages for prices land below $4 per gallon. Here's a station in Placerville this week.

Hearst OwnedJimmy Celaya

Here’s a station in Placerville this week.

According to Treanor, AAA recently conducted a survey on drivers and learned that 67% of them have changed their driving habits due to the increase in gas prices. The demand for gas goes down as people drive less, thereby lowering the overall cost of gas.

This decrease, however, is not set in stone as the demand for fuel can increase at any time and drive the prices back up.

On average, these prices are at around the $5 mark in the greater Sacramento area, almost a dollar more than the average price a year ago. Some gas stations are offering gas below $5.

Changes in driving habits lower the price of gasoline nationwide.

Hearst OwnedJimmy Celaya

A Sam’s Club gas station in Folsom now sells gas for under $5 per gallon. 

Gas prices are flexible in the foreseeable future as a change in demand can shift the prices back up or even further down, AAA says.

In the meantime, California drivers can use apps like Gas Buddy or AAA’s mobile app to search for the cheapest gas in the area.

Here is a county-by-county look at gas prices in Northern California.

Contributed by local news sources

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