AAA: GAS PRICES DECLINE MORE THAN 30 CONSECUTIVE DAYS

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TAMPA, Fla. — Gas prices have fallen for more than a month and the discount at the pump doesn’t show any signs of letting up. Sunday’s pump prices declined for the 33rd consecutive day in Florida and Georgia, and 32nd day in Tennessee. During this time, gas prices declined 14 cents in Florida, 18 cents in Georgia, and 17 cents in Tennessee. These current streaks of declines are the longest since last fall when prices dropped for 37 straight days beginning in August. Today’s average prices for regular unleaded gasoline are $2.20 in Florida, $2.10 in Georgia, and $2.03 in Tennessee.

“Gas prices keep moving lower thanks to increased gasoline supply and low oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Oil prices hit their lowest level since early May, making it cheaper to produce gasoline; and refineries have ramped-up gasoline production to levels that continue to satisfy record-high demand. While prices may continue to slide through the rest of July, they could rise if there are refinery issues, stronger than anticipated economic growth, geopolitical tensions overseas or hurricanes in the Gulf that impact distribution and production.”

The increased production of gasoline and diesel has actually caused crude oil prices to decline. Americans are driving more than ever, and refineries have been running hard for months to ensure there is enough fuel to meet market demands. It has reached the point now that there is so much gasoline in the market that refineries are backing off on the amount of oil they purchase. This reduction in oil-demand only makes the oil market even more saturated than before, which pushes crude prices lower. Oil prices are now back to lows not seen since mid-May. The price for WTI logged a daily settlement of $45.41 on Friday – $3.58 lower than the week before.

Year-over-year drivers continue to benefit from noticeable discounts at the pump to refuel their vehicles. Compared to this same date last year, gas prices are down 47 cents in Florida, 56 cents in Georgia, 49 cents in Tennessee. Compared to two years ago, pump prices are down $1.38 in Florida, $1.44 in Georgia, and $1.39 in Tennessee.  

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Two Years Ago
National $2.238 $2.244 $2.274 $2.375 $2.758 $3.639
Florida $2.203 $2.208 $2.235 $2.343 $2.666 $3.580
Georgia $2.099 $2.105 $2.134 $2.269 $2.661 $3.542
Tennessee $2.029 $2.035 $2.065 $2.194 $2.517 $3.422
Click here to view current gasoline price averages

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 120,000 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 The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

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