Gas Prices Start to March Downward

Phoenix, March 28, 2013. Motorists are starting to see some relief at the pump. This week, the statewide average dropped almost 3 cents to $3.682 per gallon, making it 2.4 cents below month-ago prices. Nationally, prices fell almost a nickel to $3.645 per gallon, which is almost 14 cents below month-ago levels.

“It’s still too soon to say whether retail prices have peaked for the spring, because refinery maintenance is still being completed,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “However, Arizona finally is seeing its prices dip below month-ago levels. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we predict prices to continue to drop in the short term.”

Tucson and Scottsdale hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.458 and $3.827 per gallon, respectively. Wyoming and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.325 and $4.048 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)

$3.712

-2.9

-6.6

$3.937

Flagstaff

$3.790

-1.7

+1.0

$3.943

Glendale

$3.711

-3.2

-7.4

$3.926

Peoria

$3.706

-2.9

-5.3

$3.924

Phoenix (city)

$3.708

-2.6

-7.0

$3.933

Prescott
(Tri-Cities)

$3.714

+0.9

-1.7

$3.874

Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

$3.827

-2.5

-2.7

$3.995

Tucson

$3.458

-2.7

-7.4

$3.734

Yuma

$3.753

-5.0

-10.8

$3.961

Statewide

$3.682

-2.6

-2.4

$3.902

National

$3.645

-4.6

-13.7

$3.911

 

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

  • Fuel Price Finder (AAA.com/fuelfinder) locates the lowest fuel price in your area.
     
  • AAA Gas Price Alerts (AAA.com/gasalerts) offers users weekly fuel price text alerts.
     
  • AAA Mobile (AAA.com/mobile) provides directions and plots fuel prices along your travel route.
     
  • AAA’s Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card (AAA.com/financial/AAAvisa.htm) accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

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.