BOISE, Idaho — Gas prices continue to trend down nationally and across the gem state for both regular and diesel gas.
Gas costs are deterring some drivers from their regular habits in Idaho and across the nation, as they struggle with the high fill-up costs.
"There's a bit of a standoff right now," AAA Idaho spokesperson Matthew Conde said. "Falling prices are starting to pull some folks off the sidelines and back onto the roads, but there are still a lot of people waiting for a better deal in hopes of one last summer road trip."
The price of gas in Boise is 45.9 cents less per gallon than a month ago, but 85.6 cents higher than a year ago. Diesel has also declined by 14.8 cents nationally in the last week, but still costs around $5.27 per gallon on average.
The cheapest station in Boise was charging $4.59 per gallon of regular unleaded, while the most expensive was $5.29 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. Throughout the state, the lowest listed price was $3.77 per gallon and the highest was $5.49 per gallon, a difference of $1.72 per gallon.
Nationally, the average price of gas fell 9.9 cents per gallon, averaging $3.92 per gallon. The national average is down by 63.7 cents per gallon from a month ago, and 74.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data.
"While the West Coast and some areas of the Rockies may see prices continue to drift lower, I do believe the national average could tick higher this week as the better than expected jobs report last week likely means less demand destruction than anticipated," Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy said.
According to AAA, Idaho is currently ranked 7th in the county for most expensive fuel. Ahead of Idaho is California ($5.37), Hawaii ($5.36), Nevada ($4.94), Alaska ($4.93), Oregon ($4.87) and Washington ($4.81). The least expensive gas prices in the U.S. are in Texas at $3.45.
Idaho gas prices as of 8/15/22:
Boise metro - $4.81
Coeur d'Alene - $4.49
Franklin - $4.73
Idaho Falls - $4.73
Lewiston - $4.03
Pocatello - $4.81
Rexburg - $4.78
Twin Falls - $4.77
Neighboring areas and their current average gas prices:
Utah - $4.64/g, down 10.7 cents per gallon from last week's $4.75/g.
Oregon - $4.85/g, down 6.5 cents per gallon from last week's $4.91/g.
"On one hand, a shaky economic outlook could continue to drive gas prices down, but there's always the chance of a hurricane making landfall in the wrong place this time of year, which could slow or even stop the recent downward trend," Conde said. "Hopefully, Idaho prices will drop below $4.50 per gallon in the run-up to Labor Day and give more families a chance at one last getaway before the summer travel season winds down."
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