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AAA: Michigan Gas Prices Drop Slightly

While the state average sees a minor decrease, a few metro averages are at or above $3 a gallon

DEARBORN, Mich., (May 17, 2021) - Gas prices in Michigan decreased slightly, despite some metro areas seeing averages at or above $3 a gallon. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $2.95 per gallon for regular unleaded, 1 cent less than last week. This price is 17 cents more than this time last month and $1.11 more than this time last year.

Motorists are paying an average of $44 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline; an increase of about $5 from when prices were their highest last January.

Last Wednesday, the Colonial Pipeline announced the restart of pipeline operations. From the time the pipeline was taken offline on Friday, May 7th, the national gas price average has increased 9 cents. That pushed the average to $3.04 – the highest since October 2014. The national average will likely continue to see fluctuation in the next few days and the states where prices have spiked will see some relief as the pipeline becomes fully operational.

"The restart of the pipeline is very positive news for motorists," said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA-The Auto Club Group. "While impact won't be seen immediately and motorists in affected areas can expect a few more days of limited fuel supply, relief is coming. This is an especially good update ahead of the Memorial Day holiday."

Compared to last week, Metro Detroit's average daily gas price increased. Metro Detroit's current average is $3.00 per gallon, which is the highest since October of 2018. This price is 4 cents more than last week's average and $1.18 more than this same time last year.

Click here to view AAA's state and metro gas averages

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Marquette ($3.07), Metro Detroit ($3.00), Traverse City ($2.99)
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Grand Rapids ($2.87), Lansing ($2.88), Jackson ($2.89)

Find Local Gas Prices

  • Daily national, state, and metro gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com
  • Motorists can find the lowest gas prices on their smartphone or tablet with the free AAA Mobile app. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance.


Regular Unleaded Gasoline



Week Ago

Month Ago

One Year Ago

2020 Low

2020 High

Record High







$1.77 (Apr. 29)

$2.60 (Jan. 9)

$4.11 (July 2008)







$1.41 (Apr. 28)

$2.63 (Jan. 9)

$4.26 (May 2011)







$1.42 (Apr. 28)

$2.61 (Jan. 9)

$4.24 (May 2011)

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

Gas Price Survey Methodology
Every day up to 130,000 stations in the nation and more than 4,200 stations in Michigan 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.

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com.

About AAA - The Auto Club Group
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.5 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG). Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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