RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

 The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire dropped Thursday for the 10th consecutive day, falling eight-tenths of a cent to $4.013.

   The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has decreased 7.8 cents over the past 10 days, including 1 cent on Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

   The average price is 5.8 cents less than one week ago but 3.7 cents more than a month ago and 31.1 cents higher than at this time last year.

   The average price is at its highest amount for Independence Day since 2008.

   The dropping pump prices follow a large decrease in wholesale gasoline prices as fears of a shortage disappeared, according to Marie Montgomery Nordhues of the Automobile Club of Southern California.