Country drives to see the fall colors this Columbus Day weekend will be a little more affordable. Gasoline prices declined last week for the fifth consecutive week, according to tracking by the auto club AAA. The average price for self-service regular gas now stands at less than $3.50 per gallon in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
At this time last year, average prices in both states were closer to $4 per gallon.
On Wednesday, AAA posted a Massachusetts state-wide average of $3.478 for self-service regular gas. That was 4.9 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.527. Wednesday’s average was 43.7 cents lower than the Bay State level on the same day of 2012, which AAA put at $3.915.
The New Hampshire average fell 4.8 cents last week, reaching $3.451 on Wednesday, from $3.499 seven days earlier. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.858 was 40.7 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
The U.S. 50-state average settled at $3.354 on Wednesday, a decrease of 3.1 pennies from the prior Wednesday’s $3.385, the auto club reported. On the same day of 2012, the national average was $3.815, 46.1 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.