After more than a month of steadily-rising prices, motorists are getting a little bit of relief at the pump.
The cost of a gallon of gas peaked at $3.89 a week ago. But on Monday morning a gallon of gas was $3.69 at the Conoco station at 1424 Centreville Avenue in Belleville. Meanwhile several other stations were advertising fuel for $3.73 a gallon.
"The streak is over," according to gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Gas Buddy data showed the national average rising for 32 consecutive days, starting Jan. 20 at $3.265 a gallon and ending Feb. 21 at $3.733 a gallon. The tide has now turned and the national average has dropped two days straight.
"This is certainly excellent news for disillusioned motorists," DeHaan said. "But I would caution them not to get overly thrilled as prices may linger near these levels for some time."