AAA released a report on Monday showing Florida gas prices set a new 2021 high last week as 2.6 million Floridians prepare to hit the road for Thanksgiving.
The state average price for gasoline jumped 10 cents mid-week, reaching $3.36 per gallon. That’s the highest daily average price since September 2014.
Florida drivers are going to find the most expensive Thanksgiving gas prices in 8 years (2013). The average fill-up will cost $50 for a 15-gallon tank. That’s $13 more than what Thanksgiving drivers paid pre-pandemic (2019).
“High gas prices are not something drivers will be thankful for this Thanksgiving,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. “The good news is gas prices should gradually decline through the holiday. Crude oil and gasoline futures dropped last week, and that should restore some downward pressure on prices at the pump.”
The U.S. price for crude oil dropped 6 percent last week – falling from $80.79 to $76.10 per barrel. That’s the lowest daily settlement since October 1, 2021 – back when the Florida average price for gasoline was $3.05 per gallon.
Across the nation, the average gallon of gas cost $3.41 at the start of the week.
While there isn’t a lot people can do about higher gas prices, AAA offered some ways drivers can get the most for their money.
Pay in cash. Some gasoline retailers charge a few cents per gallon more for customers who pay with a credit card.
Shop around. Oftentimes retailers with the most expensive gas prices are located near airports, attractions and interstate on/off ramps.
Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Not only can poor vehicle maintenance lead to car trouble, it also reduces fuel economy. Tire pressure, motor oil and air filters are all things that can affect your vehicle’s fuel consumption.
Consider car pooling, combining errands, or driving the most fuel efficient vehicle.
Remove excess weight. The heavier your vehicle, the harder your engine has to work.
Drive conservatively. Speeding and heavy acceleration burns gasoline faster.
Enroll in savings programs. AAA Members can save 5 cents per gallon if they enroll in the Fuel Rewards program and fill up at Shell.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton had the most expensive gas in Florida with an average of $3.49 a gallon followed by Fort Lauderdale at Port St. Lucie at $3.39 a gallon.
The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area had the least expensive gas in the state at $3.26 a gallon followed by Pensacola at $3.27 a gallon and Panama City at $3.30 a gallon.