CNN — As the summer driving season gets underway, most Americans are enjoying lower gas prices than they might have expected when the spring began.
But prices, while well off their 2012 peak set in early April, are still higher than they’ve been at the start of most summers.
The current national average of $3.636 for a gallon of unleaded is down about 15 cents from a year ago and 30 cents from this year’s peak, according to readings from AAA. But it’s still the third-highest price on record for a Memorial Day weekend, behind only 2011 and 2008.
And experts say that despite oil futures recently falling to below $90 a barrel for the first time since November recently, the steady slide in gas prices might not extend much further.
“We might move a little lower, we might move a little higher,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst of the Oil Price Information Service, the firm that compiles the pump price averages for AAA.