DEARBORN, Mich.,
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December
2023
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Michigan Gas Prices Drop Below $3 a Gallon

The Michigan state average is down 15 cents from a week ago

DEARBORN, Mich., (December 18, 2023) - Gas prices in Michigan dropped 15 cents from last week. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $2.96 per gallon for regular unleaded, which is a new 2023-low. This price is 35 cents less than this time last month and 12 cents less than this time last year.

Motorists are paying an average of $44 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline; a discount of about $34 from 2022's highest price last June.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased from 8.47 to 8.86 million b/d. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks increased slightly to 224 million bbl. Typically, higher demand would push pump prices higher, but lower oil prices have pushed prices lower.

At the close of Wednesday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by 86 cents to settle at $69.47. Oil prices increased after the US Federal Reserve announced that it plans to hold interest rates steady through the end of the year and potentially reduce rates up to three times in 2024. The market had been concerned that the economy could tip into a recession if interest rates kept increasing. Oil demand and prices would likely decline if a recession occurred. Additionally, the EIA reported that total domestic commercial crude inventories decreased by 4.3 million bbl to 440.7 million bbl.

With more than 3.3 million Michigan residents planning to drive to their holiday destinations, AAA expects road travel to be the second highest on record after 2019. Drivers can expect to pay about the same or less for a gallon of gas than they did last holiday season, when the Michigan average on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day was $2.99 and $3.19, respectively.

"As the state average drops below $3 a gallon, Michigan motorists are seeing the lowest gas prices so far this year," said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA-The Auto Club Group. "If oil prices remain low, drivers can expect pump prices to do the same during the holiday season."

Compared to last week, Metro Detroit’s average daily gas price decreased. Metro Detroit’s current average is $2.97 per gallon, about 12 cents less than last week’s average and 3 cents less than this same time last year.

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

  • Most expensive gas price averages:  Marquette ($3.18), Jackson ($3.11), Ann Arbor ($3.04)
  • Least expensive gas price averages: Traverse City ($2.87), Benton Harbor ($2.88), Flint ($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.

Ways to Save on Gasoline

  • Combine errands to limit driving time.
  • Shop around for the best gas prices in your community.
  • Consider paying cash. Some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight in your vehicle.
  • Drive conservatively. Aggressive acceleration and speeding reduces fuel economy.
  • Enroll in savings programs. AAA Members who enroll in Shell's Fuel Rewards program can save 5 cents per gallon when they fill up at Shell. Click here for more information.

                            CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

                                       Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday

Saturday

Week Ago

Month Ago

One Year Ago

2022 Low

2022 High

Record High

National

 $3.07 

$3.08

$3.16

$3.33

$3.16

$3.10 (Dec. 23)

$5.02 (June 14)

$5.02 (June 2022)

Michigan

$2.96

$2.97

$3.11

$3.31

$3.08

$2.97 (Dec. 23)

$5.22 (June 11)

$5.22 (June 2022)

Detroit

$2.97

$2.97

$3.09

$3.35

$3.00

$2.95 (Dec. 22)

$5.31 (June 15)

$5.31 (June 2022)

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

  

 

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