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Data show gas prices lower in Q1 2013

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Gasoline prices hit a record average price in February, but prices fell in March, according to quarterly data released from GasBuddy.

Average first quarter 2013 gas prices averaged below 2012 numbers.

Americans paid about 30 cents per gallon less for gasoline over Easter Weekend than they paid in the year-earlier period.

Gas prices averaged more than $3.64 per gallon on Good Friday. In 2012, drivers paid more than $3.93 per gallon on Easter Weekend.

Based on GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan estimates, consumers are saving about $108 million each day when current costs are compared to last year.

The average price of gas in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.548 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. That compares with $3.584 per gallon in the same quarter last year.

The highest fuel prices were seen along the New England coastline, Florida, California and the Pacific Northwest. The cheapest prices were in the Rockies and Great Plains.

Prices could swing dramatically in the heartland due to extensive spring maintenance for Midwestern refineries, and the East Coast could be affected by sagging foreign imports of gasoline, according to GasBuddy.

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