US gasoline prices are below $2 per gallon on average for first time in four years

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A Whataburger and Shell gas station sign shows coronavirus impacts on Alabaster, Alabama on March 22, 2020.

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As the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on global markets, U.S. consumers are catching a break in one area: at the pump.

For the first time in four years, the national average for a gallon of gas is below $2, AAA said in a statement Tuesday.

At $1.99, the current average price for a gallon is 18.4%, or 45 cents, lower than a month ago, and down 70 cents, or 25.8%, year-over-year.

The drop in

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