Don’t Be Crude: Combo of Factors Cause Price Slide

Motorists might – just might – have seen the highest gas prices of the year come and go. This week, the statewide average dropped more than 4 cents to $3.619 per gallon. 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.

City

Today’s price

Change from last week

Change from last month

Last year’s price

East Valley
(Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek)

$3.631

-4.9

-14.6

$3.880

Flagstaff

$3.791

+0.3

-3.8

$3.976

Glendale

$3.622

-5.6

-16.7

$3.878

Peoria

$3.638

-4.4

-12.2

$3.873

Phoenix (city)

$3.610

-6.1

-16.8

$3.874

Prescott
(Tri-Cities)

$3.690

-2.1

-4.0

$3.886

Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

$3.746

-5.5

-13.6

$3.990

Tucson

$3.381

-4.8

-15.2

$3.723

Yuma

$3.667

-7.7

-18.1

$3.953

Statewide

$3.619

-4.2

-12.2

$3.879

National

$3.564

-7.2

-13.9

$3.915

 

As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.