July 4 prices at the pump will be the lowest nationally since 2005, but the same can’t be said for local gas stations.
A gallon of gas costs 6 cents more in Pennsylvania compared to late June 2016, according to AAA data. National prices, however, will be at a 12-year low for the holiday weekend, according to AAA and GasBuddy.
Gas prices may “trickle down” prior to the holiday weekend, GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said. That means it is possible that Centre County’s average cost per gallon, $2.48, will inch toward last year’s $2.42 average.
If you want cheaper prices, travel east out of the county. Gas costs about $2.35 in Union, Snyder and most counties to the southeast of Centre County. If you drive west, the average cost of gas from Ohio to Illinois is about $2.15, but fill up before heading into Michigan where it increases about 15 cents.
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“Motorists in 35 states can currently find at least one station under $2 per gallon,” DeHaan said. “... Most remarkable, however, is that for the first time in GasBuddy’s 17-year history, gas prices on July 4 will be lower than where they stood on New Year’s Day.”
Drivers heading south will have the best deals, with prices falling below $2 in the Bible Belt.
“The price of gas has fallen for 24 consecutive days,” according to a AAA statement. “Record refinery rates, high gasoline and crude inventory, and less-than-favorable demand this year are among the contributing factors causing the downward price trend.”