Continuing its downward slide, the national average for regular grade gasoline dropped from $3.82 to $3.78 per gallon this week after peaking at $3.94 earlier this spring, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Report.
For the second week, the average is lower than it was a year ago after it went 910 days at the same price or higher than the previous year. This week, it is lower by 20 cents, with the national average at this time last year at $3.98 a gallon.
In and around Hagerstown, the price of gas dropped 11 cents from $3.84 per gallon, down to $3.73, which is lower than the national average.
On Tuesday, it dropped to as low as $3.68 per gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder at midatlantic.aaa.com.
May’s Service Station at the intersection of Sharpsburg Pike and Lappans Road was selling regular grade at $3.63 per gallon on Tuesday. Plus grade was $3.75 and 92-octane supreme grade $3.85 per gallon.
The BP Station on Maugans Avenue off Interstate 81 at Exit 9 was selling regular grade at $3.69, silver grade at $3.79 and 93-octane ultimate grade at $3.93 per gallon.
The Liberty Gas Station on Sharpsburg Pike south of Interstate 70 at Exit 29 was selling regular grade at $3.64, mid-grade at $3.74 and 93-octane premium grade at $3.84 per gallon.
The Sheetz station at the intersection of East Washington Street and Cannon Avenue was selling regular grade at $3.68, but it was $3.65 a gallon with the company’s discount offers. Plus grade was at $3.78, 93-octane super grade at $3.88 and diesel fuel at $4.09 per gallon.
The Exxon station on Alternate U.S. 40 near Boonsboro was selling regular grade at $3.65, plus grade at $3.75, 93-octane supreme at $3.85 and diesel at $4.05 per gallon.
The average for regular grade gas in Maryland also dipped below the national average, dropping 7 cents from $3.83 per gallon to $3.76 per gallon — 22 cents lower than the $3.98 average it was at this time last year.
It also dropped by 7 cents around the Washington D.C., area, from $3.91 to $3.84. In Baltimore, it dropped 8 cents from $3.80 to $3.72, and in Cumberland it dropped from $3.86 to $3.78 per gallon.
The average in Salisbury dropped to $3.65, down from $3.71 per gallon last week.
Crude oil was at $98.49 per barrel on Friday, down from $104.93 the previous week, and above the $97 price at the same time last year.