With Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan beginning Wednesday, there likely will be more traffic on the road, and luckily for area drivers, the price of gas is still relatively cheap.
The average price for a gallon of gas has inched back over $2, but it's still far cheaper than a year ago at this time, where prices were closer to $3 a gallon.
One surprising trend is Connecticut's average gas price is still lower than the national average, which was rare before the pandemic. Last year, the national average was 17 cents cheaper than the state average. Today, however, Connecticut is 3 cents cheaper than the national average.
For the state, the average price for gas today is $2.07 a gallon, 6 cents more expensive than this time one week ago and 15 cents more expensive than a month ago. It's still 79 cents cheaper than this time one year ago, however.
Nationally, the average price is $2.10, 7 cents more expensive than a week ago and 24 cents higher than one month ago. That price is 59 cents cheaper than this time last year.
The Hartford region has even lower prices, with the average price for a gallon at $2.04. Last week, the average price was still under $2, at $1.98, as was one month ago, at $1.89. The average price one year ago was $2.81.
Locally, prices are lower than both the Hartford and state average, with six gas stations selling for under $2 each in Bristol, New Britain and Newington, according to the website GasBuddy. New Britain has five stations under $1.90, Bristol has one and Newington has four.
Southington still offers some of the lowest prices in the area, with nine gas stations selling for under $2, including three that are under $1.80 and six that are under $1.90.
Berlin ($1.88 as low) has three gas stations selling for under $2, while Plainville ($1.99) and Terryville ($1.89) have two.