By John Raffel
Gas prices have come down below $4 a gallon in Osceola and other neighboring counties with speculation it may or may not continue to decline.
Triple A reported the national average was at $3.878 a gallon as of Thursday. The state average was $3.865.
Osceola County was at $3.892 per gallon.
The state average compares to $3.189 per gallon a year ago and $4.49 a month ago.
The decreases, AAA reports, are due mainly to stable oil prices and fewer drivers than usual getting gas.
“Falling pump prices may eventually lead to more drivers hitting the road again,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson in a statement. “But that hasn’t happened yet. Instead, many drivers are waiting for prices to fall further before reverting to their typical driving habits.”
AAA said drivers are making significant changes to cope with high pump prices. In a recent survey, almost two-thirds of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March, AAA. Driving less and combining errands are among the top two changes drivers have made to offset high gas prices. AAA added gasoline demand has risen and supplies have tightened, and easing oil prices have helped lower pump prices.
Average gas prices in neighboring counties to Osceola were $3.935 for Wexford County; $3.941 for Missaukee County, $3.669 for Clare County, and $3.781 for Isacella County.