Gas prices lower than usual for start of summer


- While gas prices are almost at an all-time low for the year heading into the holiday weekend, Michiganders aren't getting the same luck.

"Thanks to falling crude oil prices, gas prices are falling in a majority of the country, alongside Colorado Springs", Patrick DeHaan, a Chicago-based senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said via email.

Travelers bound for San Antonio can fill up at the rate of $1.97 a gallon, while Austin and Dallas are averaging about $2.04 a gallon, according to

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In Wisconsin, the average price for regular has dropped to $2.22 a gallon, with five states, mostly in the South, seeing prices go below $2 a gallon.

Conde said that in the Rockies region of which Idaho is a part there is a strong demand, but not an increase in local supply to put pressure on gas prices.

The Fourth of July is the most traveled holiday in the summer in Wisconsin, since school is out, unlike the two holidays bracketing summer, Memorial Day and Labor Day. "This is like Christmas in July, instead of seeing fireworks at the pumps like we saw just a few short years ago".

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"Record refinery rates, high gasoline and crude inventory, and less-than-favorable demand this year are among the contributing factors causing the downward price trend", the AAA Weekend Gas Watch states.

The fuel-price tracking company said Canadian drivers will be paying an average of $1.044 per litre, about 13 cents less than the 10-year average of $1.17 and the lowest Canada Day long weekend average price since 2010. It is expected to be 12 cents lower, while it is usually about 47 cents higher.

GasBuddy notes that the gas price variance will be at historic highs, with the spread between the nation's lowest and highest priced gas stations at $1.29 per gallon, as of Tuesday.

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SC leads the low price list at $1.89 a gallon. Independence Day weekend gas prices are poised to be the lowest since 2005, according to GasBuddy.