With the end of summer approaching, gasoline prices are falling in Oklahoma and across the country. The state’s new average this week is $2.59, down from the $2.62 a gallon reported last week by AAA Oklahoma.
The national gas price average is $2.84, a drop of three cents from the beginning of the week.
The highest prices in Oklahoma continue to be mostly in the northwest where Ellis County’s average is $2.88 a gallon. But Jefferson county in the south has a $2.87 average and Harmon county in the southwest is $2.88 a gallon. One county in the southeast, Coal County has an average of $2.86.
The lowest prices continued to be in Lawton where the average is $2.46, a drop of 3 cents a gallon over the past week. Tulsa’s average this week is down 6 cents reaching $2.52 a gallon. Oklahoma City’s average is $2.57, a drop of four cents from last week.
Oklahoma’s $2.59 average compares to $2.57 in Arkansas, $2.58 in Missouri, $2.60 in Texas, $2.65 in Kansas, $2.80 in Colorado, and $2.77 in New Mexico.
“Compared to July, consumer demand for gasoline is weaning and prices are following suit,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The national average is expected to keep moving lower, especially with the switchover to lower grade gasoline in September.”
In September, gas stations will start selling winter-blend gasoline. This blend, which is cheaper to produce, contains a fuel that evaporates at low temperatures for vehicle engines to operate properly, especially when the engine is cold.