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Motorists Enjoy Price Drop
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Gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 stations in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.87/gallon, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on July 16 in Modesto have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.78/gallon in 2017, $2.65 in 2016, $3.34 in 2015, $3.96 in 2014 and $3.85/gallon in 2013.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices Sunday were 67.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 10.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 63.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

“While just over half of the nation’s states saw average prices moving lower, the other half saw prices fall. A very mixed week as oil prices collapsed Wednesday, opening the door for a round of late-week price drops, but motorists shouldn’t be fooled – it may not last long,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Two things are for sure in one’s lifespan: death and taxes, but you can add uncertainty at the pump, especially this summer.”

Areas near Modesto and their current gas price climate include: Stockton - $3.55/gallon, up 0.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.55; Oakland - $3.70, down 0.6 cents per gallon; and San Jose - $3.69, down one cent from last week’s $3.70/gallon.

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