Gasoline prices have finally begun their seasonal slide.
The national average retail price has fallen for ten straight days and is now $3.74 per gallon. That's 13 cents below the fall peak of $3.87 reached on Sept. 14, although still higher than ever for this time of year.
Here in Sioux City the prices are much lower. One northside gas station was at $3.19 a gallon Friday afternoon, with other nearby outlets at $3.21 a gallon. They may go even lower.
Tom Kloza, chief analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, predicts drops of 5 cents to 15 cents per week for the next three weeks.
Gasoline prices typically decline in the fall as refiners switch to cheaper fuel blends and drivers take a break from road trips.
With help from Associated Press