LIMA — Hardin County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.35 in the first week of 2018.
Next is Van Wert at $2.38 followed by Auglaize $2.427, Shelby $2.442, Allen $2.443, Mercer $2.498, Putnam $2.499, Hancock $2.522 and Logan County at $2.532.
On Tuesday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.48 , while last week’s average was $2.38. Gas prices have decreased 15.1 cents from last month’s average and have increased 15.8 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have decreased 8.3 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices were up 9.7 cents since last week. The average for Monday was down 6 cents at $2.48, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week from $2.44. Gas prices has gone up 14.2 cents since last year and is also down 1.2 cents since last month.
Although prices are relatively low for the New Year, that trend may not continue long-term, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“2017 wrapped up a fairly tame year, but keep in mind oil prices are among the highest we’ve witnessed in over two years, and we’re in the middle of a severe cold snap, one which is likely to drive up demand for heating oil, propane and other petroleum products, which is certainly a bullish start to the year,” said DeHaan in a news release.
Once GasBuddy’s 2018 Annual Fuel Outlook is released this week, motorists will have an idea of what to expect for future gas prices.
“Anyone who’s got a tank to fill — whether gas or diesel — will want to stay in the know for what’s coming in the year ahead,” DeHaan said.
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