Gasoline prices in Sacramento and statewide plunged nearly 25 cents a gallon from November to December, sending average at-the-pump costs below the $3-a-gallon threshold, according to the latest monthly AAA gas price survey released Tuesday.
The latest tumble was on top of a nearly 40-cent fall in the October-to-November period.
In Sacramento, AAA said the average cost for unleaded regular was $2.85 a gallon, a decline of 23 cents from its Nov. 11 survey.
Statewide, the average was $2.97, down 24 cents from a month ago; the average was $2.94 for the Northern California region, a drop of 25 cents from November.
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“As crude oil costs continue to slide, gas prices are poised to drop even further,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman, in a statement. “Consumers can expect to see the price at the pump tick even lower as we approach the new year.”
Crude was trading at less than $64 a barrel Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
AAA said the current national average price for unleaded regular is $2.66 a gallon and could fall to near $2.50 by Christmas Day.
Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.