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Lower Gas Prices to Add Extra Spark to 4th of July Travel

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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania this week dropped almost five cents this week to an average of $2.504 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices have declined in every Mid-Atlantic and Northeast state, on average by three cents on the week, and in-line with the national trend.  However, the price drop is an outlier given the region made the country’s largest gasoline inventory draw on the week. The draw indicates a surge in demand, which if continues could drive gas prices upward ahead of the Independence Day weekend (albeit, by pennies).  Pennsylvania ($2.45) leads the region with the most expensive gas. 

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average              $2.504
Average price during the week of June 19, 2017                                   $2.551
Average price during the week of June 27, 2016                                   $2.559

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$2.405      Altoona
$2.584      Beaver
$2.401      Bradford
$2.468      Brookville
$2.514      Butler
$2.501      Clarion
$2.350      Du Bois
$2.491      Erie
$2.565      Greensburg
$2.406      Indiana
$2.613      Jeannette
$2.534      Kittanning
$2.555      Latrobe
$2.487      Meadville
$2.554      Mercer
$2.477      New Castle
$2.543      New Kensington
$2.580      Pittsburgh
$2.378      Sharon
$2.587      Uniontown
$2.510      Warren
$2.584      Washington

On the National Front
Despite a surge in gasoline demand on the week, the national average price for gasoline is nearing an all-time low for the year at $2.26/gallon.  On the week, gas prices fell in all but three states, and the national average has fallen for 24 consecutive days.  Today’s national average is three cents cheaper than a week ago and eleven cents cheaper than a month ago.  Heading into Independence Day weekend, gasoline is four cents less than a year ago. 

Record refinery rates and high gasoline and crude inventory are among the contributing factors causing the downward price trend.  Refinery production has easily met demand from drivers and has left gasoline stockpiles at high levels.  This is good news for people planning to travel for the Independence Day holiday.  AAA forecasts 37.5 million Americans will drive to their holiday destination, which potentially can mean a small increase in holiday weekend gas prices.  But in light of the gasoline surplus, the increase may amount to pennies at most.  

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at

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