Gas prices continue to fall at beginning of summer travel season

A sustained decline in gas prices continues to benefit Sacramento-area motorists looking to hit the road during the historically busy summer travel season.

The average retail price of gas in the area fell another 3.8 cents over the past week to $3.26 a gallon, according to Monday’s report by, which does a daily survey on more than 700 gas outlets in the region.

Prices have fallen more than 10 cents over the past two weeks and now stand 25.9 cents lower than one month ago and 72.8 cents below the year-ago average.

In California, ample fuel supplies and steady refinery output helped lower prices, analysts said. The recent price declines in the Golden State have been more pronounced than those seen nationwide.

Nationally, the average price dipped just 1.1 cents in a week’s time to $2.80 a gallon, up 5.4 cents from last month but 88.9 cents per gallon lower than the average cost one year ago.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, noted that recent refinery disruptions in the Great Lakes region have pushed the national average price higher. He added: "Unfortunately, now Oregon and Washington seem to be seeing price increases as supply has become tighter.”