Once again, drivers in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek and Tempe are paying less at the fuel pump than the previous week, according to AAA Arizona.
The average price was $3.631 per gallon Thursday in the East Valley, down 4.9 cents in a week. The average price in the state was $3.619, down 4.2 cents. Nationally, prices fell more than 7 cents to $3.564 per gallon.
“Falling prices are a result of a combination of things: lower crude prices, refineries are finishing up their spring maintenance earlier this year and the fact that motorists are driving fewer miles,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, AAA predicts the average price of gas in 2013 will be lower than 2012’s average of $3.60 a gallon, which is the highest annual average ever recorded by AAA.”
Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.381 and $3.791 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.348 and $4.003 per gallon, respectively.