By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
If cheap gas is considered as patriotic as draping Old Glory in the
back window of your pickup truck, the news from the government's oil
price watchers couldn't come at a better time.
The price of
regular-grade gasoline has fallen below $3.50 a gallon on average
nationally just in time for the Fourth of July weekend in the weekly
survey by the Energy Information Administration reports.
wasn't just a tiny price drop. A gallon of regular fell eight cents
during the week from $3.577 to $3.496. That's unusual, given not only
that the four-day holiday weekend is coming up, but also because the
nation is entering the heart of the summer vacation driving season.
regions, the cheapest gas can still be found, as usual, on the
refinery-rich Gulf Coast. There, it averaged $3.312 a gallon, down from
$3.377 a gallon.
And the pricest? In California, the country's
driving Mecca, gas still tops an average of $4 a gallon -- but just
barely. It's $4.002 in the survey. On the West Coast in general,
including California, gas averages $3.892.