ARMONK, N.Y. Gas prices around the county, state and nation continue on a steady decline since the middle of May, and prices in Mount Pleasant are following the trend.
As of June 22, the average price of gas in Westchester County for regular grade was $3.77 per gallon, a 9-cent drop from a week ago, according to AAA of New York. In Hawthorne, the Valero station on Saw Mill River Road featured regular grade for $3.79 a gallon on Thursday, while the Mobil station on Broadway and Brighton Avenue in Hawthorne featured regular grade for $3.89. In Thornwood, the cheapest reported regular-grade price was at the Citgo station on Commerce Street, where it was $3.71 a gallon.
In comparison, Mount Pleasant drivers have it much better than their fellow Westchester residents from nearby Armonk. At two stations on Main Street in Armonk, regular-grade gasoline was priced at $4.29 a gallon Thursday. The prices in Armonk show a steady decline, however. On June 18, regular grade at both stations on Main Street was $4.43 per gallon.
Prices are high throughout the Northeast, partially because of refinery troubles at factories across the nation, according to Patrick DeHaan, a fuel price analyst for GasBuddy.com. New Yorks high tax on gasoline also plays a factor. At 49 cents per gallon, the state leads the nation in taxing gas, 41 cents more per gallon than Alaska, the lowest in the country, according to a report by cnsnews.com .
Nationwide, average gas prices for regular grade fuel is on the decline, sitting at $3.45 per gallon, which is down 20 cents from a month ago, according to AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
DeHaan said the summer outlook is uncertain because of the refinery trouble as well as the fluctuating prices of wholesale gasoline.
AAA recommends drivers to properly inflate their tires, avoid stop-and-go driving, and drive the speed limit in order to maintain the highest amount of fuel efficiency.
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