The average price of a gallon of gas on Oct. 13 has dropped to $3.49 a gallon in Connecticut, a decline of almost 8 cents in one week and almost 22 cents in one month. Today\u2019s average price is 24 cents a gallon cheaper than a year ago in the state, according to GasBuddy.com, a gasoline price-tracking website. Connecticut\u2019s price compares to a national average of $3.18 cents, and state averages of $3.50 in New York, $3.30 in Rhode Island, $3.28 in Massachusetts, and $3.01 in New Jersey. Lowest autumn prices since 2010 GasBuddy predicts that U.S. drivers can expect to see the cheapest autumn gasoline prices since the fall of 2010. The cheaper fuel costs could even provide a catalyst for consumer spending. Last September, U.S. motorists spent about $40 billion for their gasoline, but this year\u2019s September bill should be about $2.5 billion lower. Three major developments have coalesced to provide this downward pressure on retail gas prices. \u2014 International crude prices continue to fall at the same time that U.S. oil production is at 28-year highs (thanks to the shale oil revolution). \u2014 Autumn brings changes in the \u201crecipe\u201d for U.S. gasoline. Every state, with the exception of California, can now use autumn and winter blends of gasoline that are easier for refiners to produce. \u2014 There\u2019s lower demand in the fall, with gasoline consumption usually about 12 million gallons per day lower than the summer driving season. The continuing use of more efficient vehicles also is tempering demand. Under $3 a gallon soon? \u201cYou may not see $3 per gallon gas if you live in California, New York, Connecticut or Chicago,\u201d observes GasBuddy chief oil analyst Tom Kloza. \u201cBut we believe that more than 30 states could see prices fall below that number during the Christmas shopping season.\u201d The states with the lowest gas prices tend to be Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. GasBuddy does not expect prices to return to the lows of 2010, when the U.S. national average that autumn was $2.83 a gallon, reflecting the long climb back from a recession-inspired commodity collapse. Gasoline prices tend to bottom between the Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King (mid-January) holidays. About GasBuddy GasBuddy operates ConnecticutGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar websites, tracking gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app that has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.