A wild, unpredictable year of gas price swings did not break pattern over the Memorial Day weekend.
Sacramento-area gas prices actually fell in the run-up to Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff to the busy summer driving season and, historically, a time when at-the-pump costs are on the rise.
The average retail price of gas in the area fell 3.9 cents over the past week to an average $3.50 a gallon, according to Tuesday’s report by GasBuddy.com, which does a daily survey of more than 700 gasoline outlets in the region. That’s 27.2 cents higher than it was a month ago but 52.5 cents less than the year-ago average price.
Nationally, the average price rose 3.5 cents in a week’s time to $2.75 a gallon, up 21 cents from last month but 91.4 cents per gallon lower than the average cost one year ago.
Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, predicted a 2015 summer driving season with relatively affordable prices from coast to coast: “Overall, this summer will be the cheapest at the pump across much of the U.S. since 2009, with prices likely remaining well below year-ago levels. I forecast that the national average will not breach $3 a gallon this summer.”