Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down eight cents from last week, according to AAA Southern New England, and have fallen below $3.00 per gallon for the first time since December of 2010.

AAA’s November 10th survey of prices in Massachusetts found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.96 per gallon, down eight cents from last week. Prices locally are 30 cents lower than a month ago. The current price is three cents more than the national average for self serve unleaded of $2.93. A year ago at this time the Massachusetts average price was 32 cents higher at $3.28.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 68 cents, from a low of $2.75 to a high of $3.43. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up ‘ every trip, every time.

‘This is the first time in almost four years that the average price for regular unleaded gasoline at the pump has fallen below three dollars a gallon and the decline comes at a great time for consumers. They’ll now have more cash to spend on holiday travel, gifts, and festivities,’ said Mary Maguire, AAA Southern New England Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve Grade

$2.969 ($2.759-$3.439) Regular Unleaded

$3.269 ($2.919-$3.759) Midgrade Unleaded

$3.419 ($3.019-$3.899) Premium Unleaded

$3.619 ($3.409-$3.999) Diesel

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools. AAA members can also obtain a copy of the Gas Watcher’s Guide at their local AAA Southern New England office.

AAA Fuel Saving Tip of the Week

Lighten the load. Don’t haul unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment, trunk, or cargo area of your vehicle. A heavier vehicle uses more gas.

AAA Southern New England is a not-for-profit auto club with 51 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey providing more than 3.5 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.