Sheetz lowers gas prices to $3.99 a gallon through July 4 weekend to help drivers save money

YORK, Pa. — For the July 4th holiday, Sheetz is dropping prices on two types of gas to help drivers save money at the pump.

Effective immediately, the convenience store chain is charging $3.99 a gallon for Unleaded 88 and $3.49 a gallon for E85, according to a company news release. It is a limited-time offer available through July 4.

Unleaded 88 can be used in vehicles for model years 2001 or newer as well as light-duty trucks, SUVs and flex fuel vehicles, the company said in the release. E85 is designed specifically for flexible fuel vehicles, and drivers should check their owners manual to see if they can use it.

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The Sheets at the Stinestown exit of Interstate 83 is offering $3.99, 88 octane gas with 15 percent ethanol. A sign on the pump says that this should be compatible with all cars that can use that octane or below built after 2001.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, recommends that drivers check their owners manuals before filling up with the gasoline.

Most cars will be just fine with up to 15 percent ethanol included in the fuel, and if it’s OK, go for it, he said.

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The price of gasoline has been dropping in recent weeks, according to AAA.

Sheetz in Palmyra is selling Unleaded 88 gasoline for $3.99 a gallon. It's a limited time offer.

On Tuesday, the average price nationwide was $4.88 a gallon. That’s down from the high of just over $5.01 on June 14.

“Fear is not a good reason to move a market like the one for oil, but it is a powerful motivator,” Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said in a news release. “The cost of oil accounts for nearly $3 for every $4.89 at the gas pump. Consumers should find more relief when fueling up if oil prices drop further.”

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Contributing: Dan Larlham.