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  • Gas pump prices plummeted by double digits in 35 states over the past weeks, according to  AAA -- The Auto Club Group. The organization said the national average this week is $2.25 a gallon.

    Gas pump prices plummeted by double digits in 35 states over the past weeks, according to AAA -- The Auto Club Group. The organization said the national average this week is $2.25 a gallon.
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AURORA -- Americans are seeing the lowers gasoline prices of the year, according to AAA -- The Auto Club Group, as pump prices plummeted by double digits in 35 states.

The organization said the national average this week is $2.25 a gallon.

"The national gas price average is 13 cents cheaper on the week and nearly 20 cents less than the beginning of the month. These are significant decreases in just 7 and 16 days," said Molly Hart, spokesperson for AAA -- The Auto Club Group. "AAA expects gas prices to continue trending cheaper, with the high likelihood of the national average hitting $2/gallon before the end of March."

Some of the largest weekly pump price savings in the country are in the Great Lakes and Central states. Eight out of the Top 10 largest weekly decreases are states from the region, including Illinois, which dropped 19 cents.

During this uncertain time of COVID-19, gas prices are declining despite increasing gasoline demand and decreasing U.S. stock levels. Crude oil levels are nearing a low $30 per barrel, the AA noted.