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Tampa, FL – All signs point to higher gas prices. Gasoline demand is surging while inventories are beginning to slip. Meanwhile, refineries are getting rid of excess winter blend gasoline as they continue to push summer blend fuel into the market, which is more expensive to produce.
Today the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.32, an increase of 3 cents from last week, up a few fractions of a cent from one month ago, and 26 cents more than this time last year.“Motorists should expect more volatility at the pump in the coming months,” said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Declining gasoline inventories, like we saw last week, normally trigger a rise in gas prices. But increased domestic oil production could put a ceiling on historic springtime increases at the pump.”
Wholesale gas prices rose 7 cents last week as demand rose and gasoline supplies fell. The dip in supplies is normal for this time of year, as refineries try to sell off their remaining winter blend gasoline. Refineries have until May 1st to complete the switch to summer blend gasoline.
AAA projects the national average for a gallon of gasoline will increase 40 cents this summer, peaking near $2.70, which is 70 cents higher than it was last summer. Whether gas prices reach that peak will depend on the direction of oil prices, which hit their highest price point since March 7th on Friday.
Daily national, state, and metro gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com. Motorists can find the lowest gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile
(Based on data provided by the EIA for the week ending March 24, 2017)
Regional Gas Prices
Florida gas prices averaged $2.30 on Sunday – fractions of a cent more than a week ago, 1 cent more than a month ago, and 23 cents more than a year ago.
Georgia gas prices averaged $2.20 on Sunday – 4 cents more than a week ago, 2 cents less than one month ago, and 16 cents more than a year ago.
Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.07 on Sunday – 3 cents more than last week, 1 cent less than a month ago, but 16 cents more than a year ago.
Motorists can find the lowest gas prices in their area by downloading the free AAA Mobile app.
Current and Past Price Averages
Regular Unleaded Gasoline
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.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, insurance, financial services and travel 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 57 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
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