Illinois has highest gas price in continental U.S.
Illinois motorists might take little comfort knowing U.S. drivers paid the lowest springtime gas prices in three years when they learn the state has the highest per-gallon price for gasoline in the continental U.S.
AAA reports Illinois retailers charged an average of $3.947 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline May 1, 2013. The Illinois average for a gallon of midgrade fuel that same day was $4.121, for premium was $4.369 and for diesel was $4.022.
In Iowa, motorists were paying an average of $3.421 May 1 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. Midgrade was $3.334, premium was $3.601 and diesel was $3.733.
The May 1 national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.522. That’s a little below the April 2013 national average of $3.55 per gallon. A year ago, the national average was $3.809.
The highest per-gallon average in the entire U.S. was in Hawaii at $4.343 per gallon of regular unleaded. It was also the only state with an average per-gallon price over $4 on May 1.
The lowest per-gallon average in the U.S. was in South Carolina where the price was $3.223.
AAA reports if current oil prices trends continue, gas prices should drop to a national average between $3.20 and $3.40 per gallon by mid-summer.