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Weather May Decide Direction of Gas Prices

CHICAGO, Ill., (August 21, 2023) — Illinois gas prices jumped 30 cents from a month ago. Illinois drivers are paying an average price of $4.14 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Gas prices have been hovering a few cents for the past week, but the potential for hurricane development and forecasts of an expanding heat could make gas prices go higher.

"The volatility in prices at the pump will likely continue throughout the next couple of months now that the tropics are beginning to heat up," said Molly Hart, spokeswoman for AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Pump prices typically increase if a tropical system threatens refineries along the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi coastlines. The extent of the price hike varies, depending on the severity of the storm and extent of any damages sustained by the refineries or supply chain."



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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.