AAA: Florida Experiencing Record-High Gas Prices

According to a new report from AAA, for the first time in 14 years, Florida’s average price for gasoline is above $4 a gallon.

Florida gas prices raced higher last week, reaching a new record-high average price of $4.38 per gallon on Friday. This smashed Florida’s previous record-high of $4.08 per gallon, which was set in July 2008.

By Sunday, the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $4.35, right above the national average of $4.33.

Fuel prices rose rapidly after Russia invaded Ukraine. Throughout the past two weeks, the U.S. price of oil surged a total of $32 per barrel (35 percent), reaching a daily high of $123.70 per barrel. In turn, that raised the price of other commodities like gasoline.

Throughout the past two weeks, the state average rose a total of 90 cents per gallon. The cost to fill an average 15-gallon tank of gas is now around $65. That’s $23 more than what drivers paid this time last year.

After seven consecutive trading days of strong gains, the price of oil finally suffered significant losses Wednesday, when the U.S. price of crude dropped $15 per barrel (12 percent). By week’s end, the U.S. price for oil settled 5 percent less than the week before. That translates to a 16 cent swing at the pump. This oil price dip enabled gas prices to drift lower through the weekend. The average price for gasoline on Sunday was $4.35 per gallon.

“The surge in fuel prices was driven by global supply concerns, as sanctions and regulations against Russia have limited the world’s third-largest oil producer from moving its oil in the market,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “After seven consecutive trading days, that upward momentum finally came to a halt last week. Prices moved lower on reports that the U.S. and other countries were examining ways to increase global fuel supplies. Regardless of this, fuel prices remain extremely volatile right now, so it’s hard to know what drivers should expect next month, let alone next week.”

The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state with an average of $4.46 a gallon followed by Fort Lauderdale at $4.40 a gallon and Ocala at $4.38 a gallon.

Panama City and the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area had the least expensive gas in the state with an average of $4.20 a gallon followed by Pensacola at $4.24 a gallon.

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