Oklahoma consumers continue to see lower gasoline prices as the statewide average cost on Tuesday dropped below $3 a gallon.
The price in Oklahoma settled at $2.999 per gallon Tuesday, setting the state behind Missouri as the second-lowest average price in the country.
Prices typically fall this time of year, both because of driving declines and because the country's refineries have switched to the less expensive winter-blend fuels.
Gasoline price experts also have said prices are falling this time because tension in Syria and other parts of the Middle East have simmered.
“We would expect to see incremental declines, with the national average coming down 10 to 15 cents a gallon,” GasBuddy analyst Gregg Laskoski said.
One potential risk, however, is that a refinery fire this week has led to price hikes in the Great Lakes region. If fuel from Oklahoma is diverted north, local prices could be affected.