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Traditional Start To Summer Sees Gas Prices Up Slightly
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Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.69/gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.32/gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Modesto during the past week, prices Monday were 69.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 42.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on May 31 in Modesto have ranged widely over the last five years: $3.38/gallon in 2015, $4 in 2014, $3.89 in 2013, $4.18 in 2012 and $3.93/gallon in 2011.

“What a start to the summer driving season. The lowest gasoline prices in 11 years are greeting motorists hitting the road this summer,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “Not only gasoline prices, but diesel too. In fact, every single state in the nation is seeing lower gasoline and diesel prices than where we started summer last year - both of which currently average $2.32 per gallon. Going forward, much of the country will spend much of the summer in the twos for both gasoline and diesel. Prices in the biggest cities: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago could break $3/gallon at some stations, but the bigger the city, the more motorists stand to save by shopping for the lowest prices.”

Areas nearby Modesto and their current gas price climate include: Stockton - $2.71/gallon, up 1.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.69/gallon; Oakland - $2.84, up 0.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.83; and San Jose - $2.87, up 1 cent per gallon from last week’s $2.86/gallon.

GasBuddy is the premiere source for real-time local gas prices. Founded in 2000, developed as an initiative to provide consumers access to local, current gas prices. Through the website and the free GasBuddy mobile app, users can find and share gas prices with fellow drivers, saving big money at the pump.