Delaware drivers are finally getting a bit of a break when they fill up their gas tanks.
AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average cost of a gallon of regular statewide stands at $2.51. That’s down 2 cents from a week ago, the first drop in price since the start of the new year.
AAA says a number of factors are playing a role in the decrease, including rising gas inventories along the East Coast, an increase in crude oil supplies and a drop in oil prices.
But prices are still much higher than usual for this time of year. A year ago, First State motorists were only paying $2.18 for a gallon of regular.
Even the cheapest prices locally now are not even close to that. Delawaregasprices.com reports only a dozen stations statewide are charging $2.40 or less, mainly in the Elsmere, Middletown and Newark areas.
AAA says the national average currently sits at $2.58 – down two cents from a week ago.