The relief promised by lower crude oil prices in recent weeks is finally here, and drivers, on average, are paying less at the pump.
The average price of regular unleaded gasoline nationwide was $2.86 a gallon on Tuesday, down 4 cents from one week ago, according to AAA, of Hawthorne, Fla.
Midgrade and premium gasoline was also down 4 cents from Tuesday, June 13. Midgrade was selling for $3.04 a gallon, and premium was $3.15.
Diesel fuel has dropped 1 cent since Friday, June 16, selling for $2.97 a gallon.
AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report gathers data from as many as 85,000 filling stations nationwide and posts its findings on www.fuelgaugereport.com.
Meanwhile, crude oil prices have stayed about the same since June 13, when they dropped below the $70 mark for the first time in a month. A barrel of crude oil was trading for $69.40 Tuesday morning.
Drivers in southern California were paying more than three-quarters above the national average for their gasoline. In Coronado, Calif., residents were paying $3.69 a gallon, the highest price seen in the country. Midwest drivers found a much better deal. Drivers in Dayton, Ohio, were filling up for $2.37 a gallon, the lowest price for regular unleaded gasoline seen in the country.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to watch gasoline prices nationwide. More than 347,000 prices have been listed this week.
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