Should Decline 5-10 Cents This Week
TAMPA, Fla. — Gas prices are on a steep slide after reaching 3-year highs due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Prices surged when Harvey struck refineries along the nation’s gulf coast. Then remained elevated as demand spiked in the southeastern U.S. following Hurricane Irma. Now supply and demand levels are returning to normal, and prices are on the decline.
“If it weren’t for the recent hurricanes, gas prices would be about 25 cents lower,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Since gas prices decline much slower than they rise, it could take a few weeks before they reach equilibrium. Gas prices in the southeastern U.S. should drop another 5-10 cents this week.”
The average price in Florida has declined for the last 10 consecutive days for a total of 5 cents, since peaking at $2.73 on September 14. Gas prices in Florida averaged $2.67 on Sunday. The state average is 4 cents less than this time last week. Florida motorists are paying 52 cents more for a gallon of gasoline, compared to this time last year.
- The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.76), Miami ($2.73), and Fort Lauderdale ($2.71)
- The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Pensacola ($2.60), Tallahassee ($2.60), and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.63)
The average price in Georgia has declined for the last 9 consecutive days, for a total discount of 8 cents, since peaking at $2.76 on September 12. Georgia gas prices averaged $2.67 on Sunday. The state average is 5 cents less than this time last week. Georgia motorists are paying 32 cents more for a gallon of gasoline, compared to this time last year.
- The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.72), Athens ($2.70), and Valdosta ($2.65)
- The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Augusta-Aiken ($2.57), Macon ($2.58), and Columbus ($2.58)
The average price in Tennessee has declined for the last 14 consecutive days, for a total discount of 8 cents, since peaking at $2.60 on September 10. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.52 on Sunday. The state average is 5 cents less than this time last week. Tennessee motorists are paying 35 cents more for a gallon of gasoline, compared to this time last year.
- The most expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Nashville ($2.59), Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol ($2.53), Clarksville-Hopkinsville ($2.53), and Chattanooga ($2.52)
- The least expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Memphis ($2.43), Knoxville ($2.50), and Chattanooga ($2.51)
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The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.4 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57.7 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.