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AAA reports 63% of Tennessee Gas Stations have Fuel Below $2.00 a Gallon


AAANashville, TN The plunge at the pump continues this week, and now gas prices are poised to have their lowest start to the New Year since January 1st, 2016.

Americans are finding gas prices below $2.00 a gallon at 31% of filling stations in the United States. Since mid-October, the national average has plummeted a total of 61 cents. Thursday’s average price of $2.29 per gallon is the lowest since July 2017.

New Year's Day Gas Prices to Hit 3-Year Low. (AAA)
New Year’s Day Gas Prices to Hit 3-Year Low. (AAA)

“Falling gas prices continue to be ‘the gift that keeps giving’ this holiday season,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

“Prices at the pump declined as AAA projected last week, largely due to weakness in the stock market and concerns about global crude oversupply. Although oil and gasoline futures have been on a rollercoaster ride this week, wholesale gas prices have held steady. Unless oil prices suddenly spike, prices at the pump should remain low through the end of the year,” stated Jenkins.

New Year’s Day
Gas Price History
2016 2017 2018 Today
National $2.00 $2.34 $2.49 $2.30
Tennessee $1.75 $2.13 $2.26 $2.03


Drivers in Tennessee can now find gas prices below $2.00 a gallon at about 63 percent of gas stations throughout the state. Gas prices in Tennessee averaged $2.03 per gallon on Thursday, after declining 6 cents in the past week. Since mid-October, the state average has declined a total of 65 cents.

Tennessee motorists are now paying about 70 cents per gallon less than they did in May, and 22 cents per gallon less than this time last year.

Thursday’s state average price of $2.03 is the lowest daily average price since July 2017. It’s possible the state average could dip below $2.00 a gallon before the new year. The last time Tennessee gas prices averaged below $2.00 per gallon was on July 6th, 2017. During that time, crude oil was trading at around the same price as it is right now ($45.00 per barrel).

  • Gas prices are below $2.00/g at 63% of Tennessee gas stations
  • 90% of TN gas stations are selling regular unleaded below $2.25/g
  • Year-to-date, Tennesseans have paid an average price of $2.50 per gallon at the pump
  • The highest daily average price in 2018 was $2.73 on May 27th

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

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Nashville ($2.14), Johnson City ($2.13), Kingsport-Bristol ($2.10)  
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Chattanooga ($1.87), Cleveland ($1.93), Knoxville ($1.96)


Holiday Gas Prices at 3-year Lows

Nationwide, holiday travelers enjoyed the lowest Christmas Day gas prices in two years. However, prices at the pump in Tennessee were even lower. Tennessee’s state average of $2.04 per gallon was the lowest daily average on Christmas Day in three years. The state average on New Year’s Day should also be at a 3-year low. Thursday’s average price of $2.03 is 23 cents less than January 1st, 2018.

Gas Price Tools

Current and Past Price Averages

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Thurs. Wed. Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2018 High Record High
National $2.297 $2.310 $2.360 $2.542 $2.461 $2.97 (5/26/2018) $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Tennessee $2.034 $2.040 $2.090 $2.318 $2.248 $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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