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National and Hagerstown-area gas prices drop this week

Area residents remained skeptical about what lies ahead at the pump

September 26, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

For the first time since early July, gas prices dropped this week nationally and locally, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic’s website at midatlantic.aaa.com.

The national average for regular-grade gasoline was at $3.80 per gallon Wednesday, down from $3.85 last week, and the priced locally dropped from $3.85 to $3.82 per gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Area residents remained skeptical about what lies ahead at the pump.

“We’ll have a break for a few weeks and people will say gas is looking good, but it’s not going to be any relief,” Hagerstown resident Frank Daymude, 29, said. “It’ll go back up again.”

Daymude said he has been more careful about filling up his vehicle since prices began rising in the summer.

“I used to try to fill it up, but now I just put in $20 at a time,” he said. “I deliver pizza three days a week and sometimes half the tips I make go into gas.”

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Prices are expected to continue to drop, according to the most recent AAA Weekend Gas Watch. Crude-oil prices are expected to drop over the next six to nine months.

Since July 2, when prices dipped to $3.33 per gallon nationally, they increased weekly with the national average peaking at $3.87 per gallon last week.

Martinsburg resident Tom Binns, 76, said he is more careful about running errands.

“I try to run all my errands here in Hagerstown the same day each week,” he said. “I used to go to Virginia once a month to see a surgeon, but I can’t do that anymore.”

Binns added that he is also slightly skeptical about the recent drop in prices.

“You never know when they’ll rise again,” he said. “I’m hoping things get better.”

Around Hagerstown, prices Wednesday ranged from $3.75 a gallon to $3.85 a gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder. Martins on Wesel Boulevard and the Pilot Travel Centers on Greencastle Pike and Halfway Boulevard had regular-grade gas at $3.75 per gallon. The Sheetz stations on South Potomac Street, Eastern Boulevard, Potomac Avenue and East Washington Street, and the Shell station on Washington Avenue all sold regular-grade gas at $3.85 a gallon. It was $3.82 per gallon with company discounts at the Sheetz stations.

Across the state of Maryland, the average Wednesday for regular grade was $3.73 per gallon. It was $3.70 in Baltimore, $3.86 in Cumberland, $3.63 in Salisbury and $3.76 in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Area gas prices

Pilot Travel Center, 16921 Halfway Blvd.
Regular: $3.75
Premium: $4.01
Diesel: $4.15

Exxon AC&T, 1449 S. Potomac St.
Regular: $3.82
Plus: $3.94
Supreme: $4.14
Diesel: $3.95

Sheetz, 301 E. Washington St.
Regular: $3.85 ($3.82 with company discounts)
Plus: $3.95
Super: $4.16
Diesel: $3.96

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