Tampa, FL – Gas prices may have hit their annual peak. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has declined for eight consecutive days. Regionally, prices have been falling longer: 12 days in Florida (5¢) and Georgia (6¢), and 11 days in Tennessee (6¢).
“Gas prices usually hit their highest point of the year during the first six months and that could be what has happened in the past couple weeks,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
In the southern states, gas prices hit their highest point of the year on June 7th. On that day, the average price was $2.35 in Florida, $2.28 in Georgia, and $2.20 in Tennessee.
The national average peaked on June 11th at $2.38. Pump prices reached their lowest point of the year on February 25th, when averages were $1.74 in Florida, $1.64 in Georgia, and $1.50 in Tennessee. Last year, gasoline peaked at $2.72 in both Georgia and Florida, on June 15th and 18th respectively; and $2.58 in Tennessee on June 17.
The price of crude oil continues to have a major impact on prices at the pump, and crude prices are falling. West Texas Intermediate settled at $47.98 a barrel on the NYMEX, averaging $47.91 for the week – the lowest weekly average since May 20th. The decline is attributed to reports of increased output from major production countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
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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.