After roaring higher for most of 2012, the national retail average for gasoline dropped steadily since peaking on April 6 at $3.94 per gallon, according to Wright Express (WEX). It starts in May at $3.81 per gallon — nearly 14 cents below where it started in May 2011, the April WEX report states.
Most experts predict that prices could get as low as $3.50 per gallon as it is typical for prices to fade by about 10% after the spring peak.
Meanwhile, diesel prices are already above the threshold averaging $4.10 per gallon. Analysts believe that diesel prices will likely soften near-term but think prices could spike in the second half of the year, thanks to strong global demand and low supplies in the U.S.
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The national average price of regular unleaded remained at $2.85 per gallon for the week ending Sept. 24, even as drivers in 32 states saw lower or stable prices. The price level is 1 cent higher than a month ago and 27 cents above a year ago, according to AAA.