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Gas Prices Decline through the Labor Day Weekend

The state average dropped 9 cents last week

Florida gas prices declined during the past week and through the Labor Day holiday weekend. Holiday travelers paid the forth-most expensive Labor Day gas prices on record. The all-time highest price for Labor Day weekend was set back in 2012, at $3.78 per gallon.

On Monday, the state average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.52 per gallon. That's 50 cents per gallon more than what drivers paid during last year's holiday. The average full tank of gas now costs nearly $53. That's $20 less than what drivers paid in mid-June, when Florida's state average was at its all-time high of $4.89 per gallon.

"Pump prices are falling after sharp drops in the oil and gasoline futures markets last week," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "The losses were fueled by growing concerns that a global recession and Covid-19 outbreaks in China would stifle global fuel demand. If sustained, this downturn could enable the state average gas price to eventually slip into the $3.30s. However, oil prices were gaining strength Monday night, after OPEC and its allies announced plans to cut production in effort to stabilize falling energy prices."

On Monday, OPEC and Russia agreed to cut output by 100,000 barrels a day in October. This is the group's first production cut in more than a year. Following the announcement, the U.S. price of oil was up by more than 2% in overnight trading. The increase, if sustained, amounts to an increase about $2 per barrel for the price of crude. That would only erase a third of the losses the oil market suffered last week. On Friday, the U.S. price of crude settled at $86.87 per barrel, after falling by more than $6 a barrel from the week before.

Regional Prices

  • Most expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.72), Tallahassee ($3.64), Naples ($3.59)
  • Least expensive metro markets – Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($3.35), Pensacola ($3.39), Panama City ($3.43)
Gas Price Overview Oil Price Overview

Sunday's Avg. Price - $3.52 per gallon

Cost for a Full Tank - $52.80 (15 gallons)

2022 High - $4.89 per gallon (June 13, 2022)

2021 High - $3.36 per gallon (Nov. 2021)

Record High - $4.89 per gallon (June 13, 2022)

Friday's U.S. Oil Price - $86.87 per barrel

Previous Week's Closing Price - $93.06 per barrel

2022 High - $123.70 (Mar. 8, 2022)

2021 High - $84.65 per barrel (Oct. 2021)

Record High - $145.29 per barrel (July 2008)

Ways to Save on Gasoline

  • Combine errands to limit driving time.
  • Shop around for the best gas prices in your community.
  • Pay with cash. Some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight in your vehicle. Every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle improves fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
  • Drive conservatively. Aggressive acceleration and speeding reduces fuel economy.

AAA Resources for Drivers

  • Enroll in savings programs. AAA Members who enroll in Shell's Fuel Rewards program can save 30 cents per gallon on their first fill-up and 5 cents per gallon each additional trip to the pump. Click here for more information.
  • Get a tune-up. Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained to optimize its fuel economy. Visit AAA.com/AutoRepair to find a certified repair shop.
  • Find the lowest gas prices in your area by using the free AAA mobile app.
  • Determine anticipated fuel costs for your trip by using the AAA's Gas Cost Calculator.

Find Florida Gas Prices

(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline)

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago
National $3.786 $3.789 $3.850 $4.113 $3.185
Florida $3.524 $3.535 $3.609 $3.837 $3.018
Georgia $3.328 $3.336 $3.381 $3.674 $2.984
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 AAA - The Auto Club Group

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