DETROIT -- The good news is that gasoline prices have held steady this week. The bad news is that they held steady at high levels.
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline slipped to $2.93 on Friday, down 1 cent from Tuesday, Oct. 4. That's still a bit below early September's price of $3.04 a gallon, but well above the $1.95 a gallon one year ago, according to AAA, of Hawthorne, Fla.
Diesel fuel cost an average of $3.20 a gallon on Friday, up 5 cents from Tuesday. It was $2.96 a gallon one month ago and $2.09 a gallon one year ago.
AAA surveys more than 60,000 self-serve filling stations daily and records its findings on www.fuelgaugereport.com.
The price of a barrel of crude oil has dropped over the past four days to about $62 on Friday morning.
A station in Makawao, Hawaii, was charging $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, the steepest price in the country according to GasPriceWatch.com. The lowest price, $2.52 a gallon, was in Eden Valley, Minn.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters and has recorded more than 205,000 prices this week.
|National Unleaded Average|
|Month Ago Avg.||$3.04||$3.23||$3.35||$2.96|
|Year Ago Avg.||$1.95||$2.07||$2.14||$2.09|
|*Prices are in US dollars per gallon|
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