Gas prices in 2013 expected to be lower than 2012

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Arizona drivers should feel optimistic about the price of gasoline in the year 2013.

AAA Arizona announced Thursday that gas prices are expected to be lower in 2013 than they were in 2012.

“This is good news for motorists, especially considering 2012 was the most expensive fuel year on record,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona.

This week, the average price of gas in Arizona dropped a half cent to $3.046 per gallon. The national average, however, increased by almost 2 cents to $3.310 per gallon.

AAA said they expect prices to increase through April and early May, eventually peaking in the mid to high $3 range.

Prices should fall to the low to mid $3 range in early summer, only to rise again before the start of the Gulf Coast hurricane season and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline.

By the end of 2013, AAA expects gas prices to be at a low or near-low average for the year.