EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 24, 2013

Gas prices take a spring break

Auto Scene
Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Spring arrived last week bringing good news for drivers – and not just the news that the snow storm that marred the last day of winter had ended by the time spring began Wednesday morning. In addition to the fairer weather, the price of gasoline registered its third straight weekly decline on Wednesday.

Service-station monitoring by the auto club AAA showed a drop in the average price of gas across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and for the United States as a whole. After steadily rising since the start of 2013, during the last three weeks the average price for self-service regular gas has declined by nearly 9 cents per gallon in New Hampshire and across the nation. In Massachusetts the three-week drop runs to nearly 8 cents per gallon, according to AAA findings.

In Massachusetts, drivers paid an average of $3.699 for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, the auto club reported. That was 2.0 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.719. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 6.8 cents lower than the state-wide figure compiled by AAA on the same day last year, when the group released a Massachusetts average of $3.767.

The New Hampshire state-wide average also dropped by 2.0 cents last week, reaching $3.656 on Wednesday, compared to $3.676 seven days earlier, AAA reported. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average of $3.726 was 7.0 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

The overall national average eased by 0.9 cents last week. On Wednesday the auto club reported a coast-to-coast figure of $3.697, compared to $3.706 one week earlier. On the same day last year, the U.S. average of $3.846 was 14.9 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.