Gasoline prices in Massachusetts fell for nine straight weeks to end the year, with prices the lowest since March, according to AAA Northeast.
AAA Northeast’s December 31 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.53 per gallon, four cents lower than last week. Massachusetts’s price is still 27 cents higher than the national average of $2.26. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 10 cents lower at $2.43 per gallon.
“Heading into 2019, gasoline demand is expected to dwindle in January, an expected change following the busy holiday travel season,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “At the same time, OPEC will begin production cuts January 1 with hopes the shift in global supply will push oil prices higher. The impact of the cuts will not likely be known until later in the first quarter.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 58 cents, from a low of $2.21 to a high of $2.79. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.
Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:
Self Serve Grade
$2.53 ($2.21-$2.79) Regular Unleaded
$2.79 ($2.45-$3.19) Midgrade Unleaded
$3.02 ($2.73-$3.39) Premium Unleaded
$3.11 ($2.85-$3.35) Diesel