Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64 per gallon Sept. 25. This compares with the national average that has fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 per gallon, according to gasoline price website mainegasprices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Maine during the past week, prices yesterday were 95.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 82.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Last week saw an impressive decline in crude oil and gasoline futures, and accordingly, motorists in most areas of the U.S. have seen retail gasoline prices decline. In some areas, price have outright plunged to under $3 per gallon,” said Patrick DeHaan, gasbuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. “While social networking sites are abuzz about the decline, be warned that the market does remain extremely sensitive to geopolitical issues and refinery maintenance season is right around the corner.”

GasBuddy operates gasbuddy.com, mainegasprices.com, and more than 225 other local gasoline price-tracking websites that follow prices at more than 125,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy also uses Facebook (facebook.com/gasbuddy) Twitter (twitter.com/gasbuddy), and phone apps to keep motorists ahead of changing gasoline prices.