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AAA says Oil, Gas Prices Plunging, Down 19 Cents in 31 Days


AAANashville, TN Fuel prices are plunging. Crude oil dove to 8-month lows last week, which means the slump at the pump should continue. 

Tennessee motorists have seen gas prices decline 19 cents in the past 31 days. Sunday’s state average of $2.50 is 5 cents less than a week ago, and the lowest since April 12th. Despite the recent discount, the average Tennesseean is still paying 16 cents per gallon more than this time last year. 

AAA reports Oil Reaches 8-Month Lows; Gas Prices are Lowest Since April. (AAA)
AAA reports Oil Reaches 8-Month Lows; Gas Prices are Lowest Since April. (AAA)

Click here to view AAA’s state and metro gas price averages

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Nashville ($2.57), Morristown ($2.54), and Jackson ($2.51)
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Cleveland ($2.37), Chattanooga ($2.41), and Knoxville ($2.46)

The national average has declined 20 cents, during the past month. Last week alone, U.S. gas prices dropped 6 cents, on average. However, Sunday’s national average of $2.70 per gallon remains 14 cents more than this time last year, and 21 cents more than this year’s low of $2.49 (January 3rd). 


  • Crude oil declined for the 5th consecutive week
  • WTI declined for a record-setting 10th consecutive day
  • Oil prices have unraveled by more than $16/b since October
  • Gas prices could drop another 10-20 cents


“Tennesseans are beginning to find some of the lowest gas prices they’ve seen since April,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The price of producing gasoline has dramatically declined during the past month, thanks to concerns of lower global demand and strong fuel supply and production. Unless oil prices change course, motorists could easily see pump prices shed another 10-20 cents before 2019, and slip below year-ago levels by Thanksgiving.”

Oil Prices Drop $18.00. How Low Will Gas Prices Go? 

Crude oil prices declined for a record-setting 10th consecutive day, on Friday. The daily settlement of $60.19 per barrel is the lowest since March. 

In the past month, WTI crude declined a total of $16.00 per barrel on the NYMEX. A loss of that magnitude can ultimately lead to a total discount of 40 cents at the pump. So far, the national average has declined nearly 20 cents since the price of oil started its slide last month. 

Domestic crude production reached a new all-time high of 11.6 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Additionally, domestic oil supplies rose for the 8th consecutive week; increasing at total of 10% during that time. These shifting fundamentals have helped create a bearish sentiment in fuel markets. 

Gas Price Tools

Current and Past Price Averages

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2018 High Record High
National $2.703 $2.712 $2.765 $2.910 $2.561 $2.97 (5/26/2018) $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Georgia $2.567 $2.577 $2.639 $2.802 $2.412 $2.84 (5/27/2018) $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Tennessee $2.496 $2.504 $2.551 $2.689 $2.335 $2.73 (5/27/2018) $4.12 (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 9.6 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 59 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. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com.


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