After an unusual rise in gas prices during the fall that led to record-highs in parts of the country, gas prices fell this week nationally and locally, according to statistics on the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report website at fuelgaugereport.aaa.com.
Gas prices Tuesday averaged $3.77 a gallon nationally for regular grade gas, down from $3.81 the previous week.
In Maryland, prices dropped from $3.70 to $3.69 per gallon, and dropped four cents around Hagerstown from $3.84 to $3.80.
Prices in Hagerstown on Tuesday were an average five cents lower than the $3.85 average a month ago.
Despite the continual drop in gas prices, the daily national average still reached the highest on record for that calendar day for seven straight weeks, according to the AAA Weekend Gas Watch. Prices were 32 cents above the $3.45 average the same time a year ago nationally, 37 cents above the $3.43 average the same time a year ago around Hagerstown, and 31 cents above the $3.38 average the same time a year ago in Maryland.
However, prices are expected to continue to decline throughout the rest of the year, and prices for 2013 are expected to be lower on average throughout the year than they were in 2012 and 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
California still had the highest prices on average Tuesday at $4.59 per gallon.
Locally, prices had a wide range in Hagerstown Tuesday. According to the AAA Fuel Price Finder website, prices ranged from $3.75 to $3.87.
The Longmeadow Service on Leitersburg Pike was the only station selling regular grade gas at $3.87 a gallon, according to the website, but five stations sold regular grade gas at $3.75. They were the AC&T stations on Wesel Boulevard and Hopewell Road, the Pilot Travel Centers on Halfway Boulevard and Greencastle Pike, and the Martins station on Wesel Boulevard.