Gas prices continue dropping, 2 cents in both R.I. and Mass.

“Heading into 2019, gasoline demand is expected to dwindle in January, an expected change following the busy holiday travel season,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “At the same time, OPEC will begin production cuts January 1 with hopes the shift in global supply will push oil prices higher. The impact of the cuts will not likely be known until later in the first quarter.”
GAS PRICES FELL FOR the 11th consecutive week in Rhode Island and the ninth consecutive week in Massachusetts, according to AAA Northeast. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ DANIEL ACKER

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 2 cents over the week to $2.50 per gallon, 18 cents higher than the national average of $2.32 per gallon and 2 cents lower than the price one year earlier, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

Prices ranged 34 cents, from $2.34 to $2.68 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.73 per gallon, ranging from $2.55 to $2.87 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $2.94 per gallon, ranging from $2.84 to $3.09 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.11 per gallon, ranging from $2.80 to $3.45 per gallon

Regular gas also saw a 2 cent per gallon drop in the last week, with prices averaging $2.57. That price is 25 centers above the national average, although it is 9 cents per gallon lower than it was a year ago in the Bay State..

The price of regular, self-serve unleaded gas ranged 64 cents in Massachusetts, from $2.25 to $2.89 per gallon.

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  • Midgrade gas in Massachusetts averaged $2.86 per gallon, ranging from $2.61 to $3.16 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.01 per gallon, ranging from $2.79 to $3.39 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.13 per gallon, ranging from $2.89 to $3.39 per gallon

AAA Northeast expects 4.1 million New Englanders to travel by automobile over the holidays 4 percent more than last year. The auto club also encouraged drivers to be aware of potential dangerous conditions on roads on Christmas Eve, given the snow and potential for black ice.