If your wallet is still hurting from the painfully high fuel prices much of the country experienced over the winter there’s some good news next time you head to the pump.
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas has dipped to just $3.58, a three-cent dip since late last week, 15 cents from a month ago, and 36 cents off of what the typical American motorist was spending this time in 2012. That’s a sharp turnaround from February when some states saw gas surge to near or all-time records, particularly along the West Coast.
Buyers are still paying an average $4.359 in Hawaii and $4.027 in Washington, D.C., but California is back under the $4.00 mark, at $3.998, according to GasBuddy.com, a well-respected fuel price tracking service. And it’s down to $3.286 in Montana – where motorists are paying just $3.261 in Billings. Some reports indicate that the price has dropped below the $3.00 mark in a few Rocky Mountain communities near to major refineries.