You ll remember this time fondly when gas prices jump over the $4-a-gallon mark next spring.
Gas prices in the Tacoma area on Friday, $3.23 a gallon on average, were 77 cents a gallon below that $4 level, according to TacomaGasPrices.com.
The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater region wasn t far behind $3.28, according to AAA s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
The $3.23 average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area was a penny below the national average Friday. That s a rare occurrence because of the relatively high gas taxes in Washington and the region s location far from the nation s network of pipelines in the Plains and Midwest.
Washington s statewide average, $3.28 a gallon, ranks 21st-highest in the nation, a far lower rank than it usually occupies. Pierce County s average price, $3.23 a gallon, would rank the county 26th in the nation if it were a state.
In Pierce County, three stations were selling gas for less than $3 a gallon Friday. The lowest price was at a Graham Safeway where fuel was selling for $2.97 a gallon.
In the Olympia area, the lowest prices were somewhat higher. Three stations Safeway on Cooper Point Road and Arco stations at 7291 and 10222 Martin Way E. were tied as the price leader in Thurston County with gas on sale for $3.09 a gallon.
The country s lowest-price fuel can be found in Oklahoma, where the average price is $2.95 a gallon. The highest price is Hawaii s $3.96 a gallon.
Gas prices in this area in the last month haven t been so low since February 2011. Friday s average here, however, is up three cents or so from the year s low late last week.
Those present averages have fallen by nearly 18 cents a gallon in the last month. They re also about 14 cents less per gallon than they were at this time last year.
Energy experts point to the lack of a current crisis in the Mideast, expanding oil production in the United States and the traditional decline in driving as winter nears for the price dro