---- — Drivers were able to keep a little extra money in their pockets again last week. Gasoline prices across the region and around the nation saw another small drop, according to tracking by the auto club AAA. It was the ninth straight week in which prices fell in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and the third consecutive week in which the national average declined.
The Massachusetts average price for self-service regular gas moved to $3.356 on Wednesday, down 2.8 cents from $3.384 recorded seven days earlier, AAA reported. Wednesday’s average was 32.5 cents lower than the Bay State price of $3.681 on the same day last year.
In New Hampshire, a 4.0-cent decline brought the average price for self-service regular to $3.284 on Wednesday, from $3.324 one week earlier, according to the auto club. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average of $3.578 was 29.4 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
The overall national average dipped 4.7 cents over the seven-day span, reaching $3.232 on Wednesday from $3.279 the prior week. On the same day last year, the national average of $3.463 was 23.1 cents above Wednesday’s figure.
Jeffrey Zygmont is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a long-time auto writer. Contact him at www.jeffreyzygmont.com.