Stanislaus County has the cheapest gasoline in Northern California.
But don't celebrate too much, because prices still average a whopping $3.65 per gallon for regular gas.
The just-released November gas price report from AAA Northern California shows that Stanislaus' pump prices have dropped 89 cents per gallon since last month.
Northern California's unleaded gas prices have plunged an average 81 cents since mid-October, bringing the average cost down to $3.82 per gallon.
Statewide, the average price now is $3.85. Last year at this time, it was $3.83.
While the cost of gas is relatively low in Modesto, San Francisco has the highest pump prices: $4.05 per gallon. You have to fly to Hawaii to find more costly gas, at $4.41.
Nationwide, the average price is $3.44, which is 38 cents lower than last month.
"Lower crude oil prices, the seasonal switch from summer to winter blend, and reduced demand have added to the recent downward pressure on retail gasoline prices," said AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Harris. "With continued signs of global economic weakness and a somewhat stronger U.S. dollar, crude oil prices have continued to move lower."
AAA predicts that the national average price will be $3.25 to $3.40 per gallon by Thanksgiving and $3.10 to $3.30 by the end of the year.
To get the best mileage possible, AAA recommends that drivers inflate tires to the proper pressure, perform routine maintenance, make sure fluids are clean, and keep belts and hoses in good repair.
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