Gas prices dropping from last week's peak

Only a week after metro Atlanta gas prices topped the $4-a-gallon mark for the first time in more than two and a half years, the average price has dropped a dime, with some stations charging as little as $3.61.

The price peaked last Thursday at an average of $4.01 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to atlantagasprices.com, a website that tracks the price metro Atlantans are paying to fill up their tanks.

Thursday morning’s average price of $3.91, while heading back down, is still nearly 3 cents a gallon higher than the national average.

A month ago, Atlantans were paying $3.72; a year ago, the average price was $2.74 a gallon.

The lowest price reported by the website late Thursday morning was $3.61 a gallon at a pair of neighboring gas stations Canton Highway in Cumming and $3.643 and $3.65 at two stations in Conyers. Elsewhere, gas was selling for $3.68 at a couple of truck stops north of Cartersville and $3.73 at several stations in Buford.

The highest price reported was $4.19 at stations in northeast Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Lithia Springs and Marietta.

Statewide, the average price is $3.86 a gallon, with numerous stations in the northwest corner of the state and around Savannah selling gas for between $3.56 and $3.59 a gallon.