Gas Prices Keep Sinking in Time for Summer Travel

By David Thomas  on June 7, 2012

The national average price for a gallon of gas is $3.56, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That’s down 6 cents in a week and 20 cents from last month. A year ago, gas prices were also at $3.76.

Diesel prices are declining at a similar rate. A gallon of diesel now averages $3.86 compared with $4.07 last month.

More-affordable gas prices may be one reason folks are back to buying large SUVs and trucks. As we noted last week, combined sales for the Ram, Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra rose 26.5% in May and 14.1% for the year.

While most states and the District of Columbia are seeing prices significantly below what they were a year ago, eight states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington — are seeing just as significant an increase. Oregon’s average price is 33 cents higher versus a year ago while Hawaii’s average price is 47 cents higher.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David