BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Local motorists are waking up to some good news on Monday morning.

The average gas price in Baton Rouge is heading south so to speak.

According to GasBuddy.com, “Average gasoline prices in Baton Rouge have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.97/g today.”

Local gas prices remain considerably higher than they were one year ago, but the last month has seen a slight dip at the pump.

GasBuddy.com says, “Prices in Baton Rouge are 2.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.03/g higher than a year ago.”

So what is the difference between the cheapest and most expensive gas in Baton Rouge?

Somewhere in the city, motorists will find gas as cheap as $2.59 per gallon while others may see gas as much as $3.37 per gallon.

The average price of gas nationally is heading in the opposite direction compared to Baton Rouge.

According to GasBuddy.com, “The national average price of gasoline has risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.29/g today.”

“Oil prices have remained stubbornly strong, touching nearly $80 per barrel last week, pushing gasoline prices higher even as U.S. gasoline demand starts to struggle. Some of this is typical seasonal weakness, but the lack of demand is likely enhanced by omicron cases surging and Americans who are just a bit more hesitant to get out right now,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “In addition, unrest in Kazakhstan, the 18th largest oil producer, is likely leading to impacts on oil production, while continued unrest in Libya also worries markets and overpowers the seasonal drop in gasoline demand. Without improvement or stability in oil producing countries, we’re likely to continue to see upward pressure on oil prices.”