By Richard Urban / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
Gas prices continue to fall across Pinal County, mirroring state and national trends, but while the lowest prices are below the state average, they remain higher than the national average.
Two gas stations in Eloy, a Flying J and a Pilot, both on Sunshine Boulevard, posted Pinal County’s lowest prices on April 12 at $4.35 a gallon, down eight cents from the least expensive price 14 days earlier, according to GasBuddy observers.
Eloy was also where motorists could find the next lowest price, $4.41 a gallon, at a Circle K and an Xpress Fuel, both on Toltec Road, the online app reported.
Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on April 12 was $4.09, according to AAA, down 14 cents from two weeks ago.
The Arizona average is $4.59, down a dime from two weeks ago. A year ago, gas in Arizona averaged $3.07 a gallon.
The least expensive gas in the state was $3.98 at Benson Fuel in Benson, southeast of Tucson in Cochise County. Four stations in Phoenix, Tucson, San Simon, and Benson cracked the four-dollar mark at $3.99 a gallon.
AAA forecasts gas price changes to continue with fluctuations in global oil markets. The 31 member nations of the International Energy Agency plan to release a total of 120 million barrels of crude oil from their reserves, which is expected to help bring gas prices down further in the short term, the association said.
If you plan to travel, AAA offers an app for Android and iPhone to find the best prices along your route. The GasBuddy app can pinpoint prices by city, county, and state.