We’re not about to see the end of the road for cheap gasoline.
The typical American household spent about $1,120 less on gas last year than in 2014, according to the Oil Price Information Service, and the savings are unlikely to end there. You can expect to pay even less for fuel in 2016.
The government says the national average price for a gallon of gas is expected to drop by another 18.5% this year. The federal Energy Information Administration says we’ll pay an average of $1.98 per gallon throughout the year, the lowest in 12 years. The agency says we paid an average of $2.43 in 2015.
Auto club AAA says motorists in most states are paying less than $2, on average, for a gallon of regular this winter. AAA says while we may see seasonal ups and downs, gas prices nationwide are unlikely to push above $3 during 2016.
You can thank a variety of market forces that are working together to keep prices down. Here are 4 of the main reasons that driving is likely to become even more of a bargain in the months ahead.