Submitted by GasBuddy
For the first time in over two years, average diesel prices in the U.S. thave fallen below their year-ago levels, according to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving North American drivers the most money on fuel.
Diesel prices have declined nearly $1.50 per gallon since reaching record levels last spring and now stand at an average of $4.35 per gallon, the lowest level since the days immediately after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Diesel’s decline has been astounding,” said Patrick De Haan, GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis. “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.” According to De Haan, “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.”
Diesel by the numbers:
Seven states where diesel prices average below $4 per gallon: Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas
Most common diesel prices in the U.S., in order: $3.99, $4.09, $3.89, $4.29, $4.19
$The average of the lowest priced 10% of stations in the U.S.: $3.62 per gallon
The peak in the national average price of diesel hit in 2022: $5.82 per gallon
The amount of decline to average diesel prices in the last 90 days: 78 cents
According to GasBuddy, retail diesel prices are likely to continue falling as demand continues to ease and winter heating oil consumption declines. As long as central banks continue to raise interest rates to cool off previously overheated economies, downward pressure will continue through most of the spring and summer, even as gasoline prices are likely to rise during that time frame.