Gas prices continue to decline across the country, following the usual post-Labor Day pattern, and travel-services organization AAA predicted they could fall by as much as 20 cents a gallon more by Halloween. "The average price at the pump typically falls during this time of year due to decreased demand and the transition to winter-blend gasoline, which is cheaper to produce," AAA said in its weekly analysis of gas prices. "AAA expects the national average to fall another 10-20 cents by the end of October."
Retailers this week began selling winter blends of gasoline that are cheaper to produce because they don't have to meet more-stringent pollution requirements mandated during warmer months in many parts of the country. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell 6 cents the past week to $3.36, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, 15 cents lower than a year ago and the lowest on this date since 2010, when lingering effects of the economic recession dampened demand. Diesel fuel declined 2 cents the past week to $3.77, 17 cents lower than on Sept. 18, 2013.