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Gas Prices Cheaper for Winter, but Higher than Last Year

The end of the year historically ushers in some of the cheapest gas prices of the year. While current averages are trending lower, they won't go as low as last year.

In 2018, the national gas price average was recorded at $2.26 on Dec. 31. Today's average stands at $2.54. While AAA forecasts the national gas average will edge lower through the end of the year, it will remain 15-20 cents higher than one year ago.

Regionally, the Great Lakes and Central states are no strangers to volatility at the pump and this winter will not be any different. While gas prices may edge lower by as much as a dime throughout the region, motorists could see price fluctuation – potentially large swings – from week-to-week.

Motorists can find current 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.