TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices dipped a bit in New Jersey and around the nation, but analysts say they may drop further with virtual instruction planned for many schoolchildren this fall. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.16, down a penny from the week before.

Drivers were paying $2.71 a gallon at this time last year.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.17, also down a penny from the previous week. The national average was $2.64 at this time a year ago.

Analysts say there’s a good possibility that gas prices could drop further since many school districts plan virtual instruction, which “could drive demand down in the weeks ahead as school starts at-home.”

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