Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.79 per gallon Aug. 7. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66 per gallon, according to gasoline price website mainegasprices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Maine during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.02 per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 10.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 88.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“We’re watching an incredible decline in the price of crude oil and gasoline futures that will most certainly have an impact in the upcoming week at the pump. While motorists won’t see large drops all at once, I most certainly expect declines in the days ahead,” says Patrick DeHaan, gasbuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. “Oil prices have shed nearly $15 per barrel in just a week — a dramatic decline brought on by various concerns, but mainly a weak manufacturing report and concern surrounding a possible downgrade of U.S. credit ratings.”

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.