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Gas reaches lowest mark in 100 days, AAA says

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Prices at the gas pumps have fallen over 50 of the last 51 days for a total of 25 cents per gallon nationally, according to AAA.

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.13, which is the lowest level in the past 100 days.

AAA said it was also the lowest price for the beginning of August since 2004.

In Connecticut, the average prices is $2.28 per gallon. A week ago, it was $2.32.

"It really helps a lot," said Richard Garrey of Wethersfield. "We have five cars right now in our family with my wife and my kids, so that adds up to a lot of money."

Tuesday, a lot of drivers turned into a Citgo station off of the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, which has one of the lowest prices in the state at $1.92 per gallon.

"This is not the closest fuel station to me, but I drive out to this one because it's the cheapest by far," said David Frost of Newington.

Connecticut's average is about 50 cents less than it was a year ago.

"I have a family. I travel for my job so I'm always getting gas," said Joe Orsini of Newington. "So these prices are important to me and my family."

The lowering prices have been the trend in 45 states and Washington D.C.

AAA said the reason for the slide is abundant supplies and low oil prices.

The auto club said gas prices are likely to remain relatively cheap through the remainder of the summer and into the fall.

It said that while a record number of American drivers have hit the road for summer travel, the low prices have not triggered a higher gasoline demand that many analysts predicted.

"This is unusual because we typically see a spike in the summer, so, yeah, when you want to take a trip you think well, 'geez prices are low, why don't we take that ride to the beach?'" Garrey said.

However, AAA said unexpected events could still trigger higher prices.

Those events could include oil supply disruptions, stronger than expected economic growth or geopolitical tensions overseas. Regional prices could also increase due to refinery problems, production cuts, higher demand or hurricanes that impact distribution and production.

To see a how the prices break down by region in the state, click here.

For more information on gas prices in Connecticut, check out AAA's fuel gauge report here.

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