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AAA reports Tennessee Gas Prices are Falling Again

February Gas Prices are Highest in Four Years

AAANashville, TN Energy prices took a nosedive on the stock market last week and gas prices are declining as a result.

 Tennessee gas prices declined 2 cents during the past week. Sunday’s state average of $2.39 is 9 cents less than a month ago and 34 cents more than this time last year. 

Gas Prices declining after Crude Price Plunge.
Gas Prices declining after Crude Price Plunge.

Highest and Lowest Gas Prices in Tennessee

  • The most expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Johnson City ($2.42), Jackson ($2.42), and Nashville ($2.42)
  • The least expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Cleveland ($2.35), Knoxville ($2.35), and Chattanooga ($2.36)
  • So far, gas prices have averaged the highest for the month of February in four years
  • Tennessee is 9th among states with the least expensive gas prices in the country

“Gas prices have the potential to drop 10-15 cents, based on what happened last week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “However, refinery maintenance season is fast approaching and could spoil this big break for motorists. Every year – from February to April – reduced refinery output and the switch to summer-blend gasoline normally causes gas prices to rise 30-70 cents. Additional drops in oil prices would help soften the impact maintenance season has on prices at the pump. Expect volatility at the pump as these forces collide.” 

U.S. Oil Production Reaches Record Highs 

Average Gas Price in February
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
National $3.34 $2.23 $1.73 $2.28 $2.60
Florida $3.38 $2.28 $1.77 $2.28 $2.64
Georgia $3.22 $2.16 $1.67 $2.19 $2.48
Tennessee $3.15 $2.07 $1.54 $2.06 $2.41


Crude oil plunged to its lowest price of the year, last week, dramatically reducing the cost of producing gasoline. Friday’s closing price of $59.20/b is down $6/b from the week before, and the lowest daily settlement since December. 

The downturn for energy prices began on Wednesday, when the EIA’s weekly report revealed significant gains in domestic production and inventories. Domestic oil production surged to 10.25 million barrels per day – a new record for weekly production. This was the first time U.S. output exceeded 10 million barrels a day since 1970. 

As crude production roared higher, U.S. crude inventories swelled by 1.9 million barrels. This was the 2nd consecutive week of inventory gains, after declining 11 weeks in a row. At 420.3 million barrels, domestic oil supplies are 0.5 percent higher than a week ago, but remain 4 percent lower than this time last year.

Regardless, the inventory growth was one of the fundamental reasons for the oil price drop. 

Gasoline futures lost significant strength last week, dropping 15 cents to $1.70 on Friday. Since hitting a multi-year high of $1.93 on January 29, futures gasoline dropped a total of 23 cents. 

Gas Price Tools for Reporters/Consumers

  • GasPrices.AAA.com – Daily national, state, and metro gas price averages.
  • AAA Mobile app – Free app that shows current prices at a gas station near you.

Highs and Lows of 2017*

  • National: the highest average price for gasoline was $2.67 on September 8th. The lowest was $2.23 on July 5th.
  • Florida: the highest average price in was $2.73 on September 9th. The lowest was $2.13 on July 17th.
  • Georgia: the highest average price was $2.76 on September 12th. The lowest was $2.08 on July 5th.
  • Tennessee: the highest average price was $2.60 on September 10th. The lowest was $1.99 on July 5th.

Current and Past Price Averages

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Highest Price on Record
National $2.583 $2.589 $2.604 $2.508 $2.279 $4.114 (7/17/2008)
Florida $2.650 $2.660 $2.610 $2.446 $2.279 $4.079 (7/17/2008)
Georgia $2.461 $2.468 $2.490 $2.398 $2.181 $4.164 (9/15/2008)
Tennessee $2.392 $2.396 $2.411 $2.299 $2.054 $4.118 (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages

Gas Price Survey Methodology

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 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 9.4 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.



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