State, national gas prices hit four-year low |

State, national gas prices hit four-year low

Isaac Brambila
Safeway Gasoline on Lake Tahoe Boulevard sees steady traffic Friday afternoon as gas prices nationwide hit four-year low.
Isaac Brambila/Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Drivers statewide and nationwide will be able to find the lowest gas prices in four years perhaps at the time when its most needed, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

According to GasBuddy, the state’s regular gas price average per gallon was 49 cents lower on Friday than it was exactly a year before. Nationwide, the average dropped 48 cents.

Though the average dropped more in the state than in the nation by 1 cent, the state average still only sat at $3.07, 28 cents higher than the nation’s $2.79 average. The Average in Nevada was $2.99

In the county, the average was recorded slightly lower than in the rest of the state at $3.05.

Taking figures listed by GasBuddy from 11 South Lake Tahoe gas stations, the city also reflected a $3.05 average. The lowest price reported Friday was $2.79 for regular gas, significantly lower than the most expensive price, which was recorded at $3.39.

At the county level, El Dorado County recorded an average 8 cents higher than Placer County and 17 cents higher than Douglas County.

GasBuddy data also revealed that the highest recorded average ever in California was in October 2012 at $4.67.

The cheapest average in the state Friday could be found in Yuba County, where on Friday it was at $2.87. The most expensive gas was at Mono County, with an average of $3.95 per gallon, nearly a dollar more than the South Lake Tahoe average.

The state also reported the lowest average since October 2010. Furthermore, before October, prices had not dropped below $3.50 since February 2011.

Nationwide, the average had not been this low since November 2010.

On Friday, the nation’s lowest state average for 1 gallon of regular gas was found in Missouri, where it was $2.52.

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