“Today the average price in the Miami Valley region is $2.88 a gallon and that’s 60 cents higher than it was this time last year,” Antrican said.
The average price nationwide is higher at $2.96 a gallon.
So far this week oil prices dropped, and then rebounded, but they are still a few dollars cheaper than this year’s high of $80.50 a barrel.
Analysts expect crude prices will drop further, but will it translate to cheaper gas?
“We are optimistic that they will, through the first part of June, stay stable. We’ve seen some decreases in the price of crude and that’s going to help,” said Antrican.
Donye Smith has his own money saving strategy. He fills up a little bit here and there, whenever he sees lower prices.
“I might get $2.99 here in Dayton, but when I go to Kettering, I might get a lower price of $2.87. So in the summertime I nickel and dime it so I get the best price,” said Smith, “it sucks but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
At last check the lowest price for a gallon of gas in the Miami Valley was $2.76 at the Sam’s Club on Miller Lane in Dayton, according to Daytongasprices.com.
To find the lowest prices near you got to WHIO's pump patrol.