Cheaper Diesel in Your Tank? It’s Happening in Washington State
Do you drive a diesel fuled vehicle? If so good news for the first time in over two years, average diesel prices in the U.S. have fallen below their year-ago levels according to GasBuddy. The price of diesel is down nearly $1.50 per gallon since reaching record-levels last spring and now stand at an average of $4.35 per gallon. That's the lowest level since shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine when prices started rising.
PRICES ARE DOWN NEARLY $1 A GALLON
"Diesel’s decline has been astounding - we’ve seen improvements in fundamentals over the last few months with diesel prices down nearly $1 per gallon in the last 100 days, thanks in part due to the Fed raising interest rates, throttling back the economy, as well as Mother Nature reducing consumption through a mild winter and curbing consumption of diesel’s cousin, heating oil,” says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Coming out of winter, we’ll continue to see diesel prices decline. Barring an unexpected disruption or escalation in global events, diesel prices this summer could be $2 per gallon lower than last summer, which is certainly good news for the economy and transportation sectors stung by the previous high costs of diesel fuel.”
MANY DRIVERS ARE ENJOYING CHEAPER DIESEL PRICES
7 states where diesel prices average below $4 per gallon: OK, TX, KS, WI, MO, IA, AR
Most common diesel prices in the U.S., in order: $3.99, $4.09, $3.89, $4.29, $4.19
$3.62/gal: the average of the lowest priced 10% of stations in the U.S.
$5.82/gal: the peak in the national average price of diesel hit in 2022
78 cents: the amount of decline to average diesel prices in the last 90 days
DIESEL PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO FALL INTO SPRING
Good news. According to GasBuddy, retail diesel prices "are likely to continue falling as demand continues to ease and winter heating oil consumption declines." De Haan says as "long as central banks continue to raise interest rates to cool off previously overheated economies, there will be continued downward pressure through most of the spring and summer, even as gasoline prices are likely to rise during that timeframe."
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