US gasoline prices have fallen every day since mid-June

The decline is likely to continue as the driving season winds down. At current levels, pump prices are still 23% higher than at the same time last year.

 A person uses a petrol pump at a gas station as fuel prices surged in Manhattan, New York City, US, March 7, 2022.  (photo credit: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY)
A person uses a petrol pump at a gas station as fuel prices surged in Manhattan, New York City, US, March 7, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY)

Gasoline prices are on the biggest streak of declines since 2015, a relief for both consumers and President Joe Biden who has made fighting inflation a central theme ahead of the November midterm elections.

US pump prices are averaging $3.892 a gallon after reaching a record high of $5.016 a gallon in mid-June and have fallen for 70 straight days, according to auto club AAA. Prices haven’t fallen that many days since January 2015. 

The price drop is a welcome respite for consumers after fuel costs earlier this summer forced many to forgo driving vacations and change their lifestyles. Biden has staked much of his political capital on bringing down energy costs, ordering the release of millions of barrels of crude from the nation’s strategic reserves and rallying other nations to do so. 

Crude oil

Prices have fallen along with those of crude oil, the major component of the cost of gasoline. A relatively slow summer of fuel consumption and wider recession fears contributed to the decline as did the release of as much as 1 million barrels per day of oil from US emergency reserves. The release is planned to continue until October. 

Cars stand in line at a gasoline station as they wait to fuel up in Aleppo, Syria, April 11, 2019 (credit: OMAR SANADIKI/REUTERS)Cars stand in line at a gasoline station as they wait to fuel up in Aleppo, Syria, April 11, 2019 (credit: OMAR SANADIKI/REUTERS)

The decline is likely to continue as the driving season winds down. At current levels, pump prices are still 23% higher than at the same time last year.