Gasoline prices drop in Carbon County, at self-service pumps throughout Utah
Gasoline prices are dropping at the pumps in Carbon County and across Utah.
The decreases are due to a slowing economy, declining demand, falling oil prices and burgeoning inventories, according to AAA Utah.
On Nov. 11, the average gas price in Utah registered at $2.35 per gallon for regular, self-serve gasoline. The cost was $1.09 less than last month, 69 cents lower than one year ago and $1.87 lower than the highest $4.22 recorded price reached in July.
Thirteen states posted prices higher than Utah's average.
On Nov. 17, the average gas pump price in Carbon County registered at $2.19
"As the price of oil continues to drop, it pushes down the wholesale market prices. If this continues, AAA believes that lower gasoline prices remain in our future with the possibility of a national average price brushing the $2 per gallon mark before the year is through," said spokesperson Roylayne Fairclough.
The national average price for self-serve regular gasoline registered at $2.22, 94 cents less than last month and 88 cents less than a year ago. It is $1.89 lower than the highest recorded price of $4.11 set on July 17, 2008.
Alaska had the highest average price in the country at $3.36. New York's average, at $2.61 was the highest in the lower 48.
Four states, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma, reported averages less than the $2 mark. Missouri's price at $1.92 was the lowest average price in the country.
"A lower national average depends on two factors," explained Fairclough. "The first is if American motorists continue to drive fewer miles than they did a year ago, and second, if oil and gasoline producers are able to cut production in an effort to bring supply and demand into a tighter balance."
All Utah cities surveyed by AAA reported triple-digit decreases in average prices in the past month.
Logan's average price dropped $1.09 to $2.32. Ogden's average price, $2.28, was $1.07 lower than a month ago.
Salt Lake City saw the largest decrease, $1.14. The average price in Salt Lake City was $2.24. The average price dropped $1.11 in Provo to the $2.27.
Even though Vernal's average price, $2.63, is the highest in the cities surveyed, it is $1.09 lower than a month ago.
Moab's average price at $2.59 was $1.13 lower than October's report. St. George motorists saw a drop of $1.04 to $2.49 per gallon.
Intermountain states are reporting significant decreases in their average price since last month's report, indicated AAA Utah.
Idaho's average price dropped $1.05 to $2.35.
Montana's average price was $2.23, a 97 cent drop from October's report.
Wyoming's motorists enjoyed a decrease of $1.07 at $2.18 per gallon.
Colorado also saw a triple digit decrease at $2.19, $1.04 lower than a month ago.
Arizona's price decreased 97 cents to $2.44.
Nevada's price dropped 92 cents to $2.44.
California's average price was $2.52, a 94 cent drop since October's report.
Concerns about the economy are foremost in most people's minds, noted AAA Utah. Stretching the gasoline dollar remains important as families strive to manage budgets. Simple vehicle maintenance - proper tire pressure, clean fluids and filters and belts and hoses that are in good repair - can help maximize fuel economy.
Motorists can also conserve gasoline by smoothing out driving to avoid sudden stops and starts, planning errands and lightening the load in vehicles.
Data for AAA's fuel gauge report is provided in cooperation with OPIS Energy Group and Wright Express.