The good news for motorists on gas prices keeps rolling in as pump prices continue to fall and analysts predict that oil prices should remain low for the next two years. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded fell 10 cents the past week to $2.08 on Thursday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. AAA said more than half of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for less than $2 a gallon, and it looks increasingly likely that the national average could soon fall below $2 for the first time in nearly six years.
Twenty-one states were already under that threshold, with Missouri having the lowest statewide average at $1.73. GasBuddy.com listed two stations in the St. Louis area Thursday morning that were selling regular unleaded for less than $1.50 a gallon. AAA said the national average for premium gas was down to $2.50, and this week diesel fuel slipped below $3 to a national average of $2.96 a gallon. Hawaii remained the only state to average more than $3 for regular unleaded at $3.37 per gallon. California, New York and the District of Columbia were the only others with prices over $2.50 a gallon.