Tampa, FL – Gas prices continue falling at a rate of a half cent a day, despite increases in the price of oil last week. Crude prices rose more than $3.00 last week, while the national average dropped 3 cents.
Pump prices have fallen 25 out of the past 30 days. The current average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $1.80 nationwide, $1.83 in Florida, $1.73 in Georgia, and $1.61 in Tennessee.
“Motorists enjoyed the lowest gas prices for the month of January since 2009, largely due to crude oil supply outpacing demand,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Retail averages should remain relatively low this year, barring any disruptions in supply. However, prices will likely begin to rise in February.”
January Gas Prices
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Average gas prices for the entire month of January were $1.91 nationwide, $1.93 in Florida, $1.82 in Georgia, $1.69 in Tennessee. During the 31-day period, prices fell 20 cents nationally, 17 cents in Florida and Georgia, and 14 cents in Tennessee. Compared to January 2015, the monthly average this year was down 20 cents nationally, 25 cents in Florida, and 26 cents in Georgia and Tennessee.
“AAA continues to expect the 2016 average to be the lowest in more than a decade,” Jenkins said. “However, prices are likely to increase in February, as refinery maintenance season gets underway, leading up to the changeover to the production of summer-blend fuel. During this time, refineries are not running at full capacity, so they are unable to put out as much gasoline into the market to meet demand.”
During the past five years, gas prices during the month of February rose an average of 29 cents nationwide, 27 cents in Florida, and 26 cents in Georgia and Tennessee. In February 2015, gas prices averaged $2.23 nationwide, $2.28 in Florida, $2.16 in Georgia, and $2.07 in Tennessee.
Volatility returned to the global oil market last week, and the global price of crude oil continues to swing on news-related expectations of future supply and demand. Russia and OPEC-member country Saudi Arabia are scheduled to meet and the possibility that the two nations may agree to cut production is also impacting prices.
Contrary to previous instances, where potential meetings have little to no impact on markets, the lower-for-longer sentiment combined with last week’s collapse in oil prices is believed to have changed the dynamic for discussions between the two countries.
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AAA updates fuel price averages daily at http://www.fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/. Every day up to 120,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 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 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.