With Hurricane Dorian in the rearview mirror, gas prices continue to drop across Florida, according to a new report from AAA.
The report, which was released on Monday, shows the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.43 on Sunday, down from $2.45 at the start of last week, five cents lower than a month ago and 34 cents lower than this time last year. Across the nation, the price of gas is slipping but Florida remains under the national average which stood at $2.56 a gallon on Sunday.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on Monday and said gas prices are following their normal pattern as summer turns to fall.
“Declining gas prices are a common sight as we enter the fall driving season,” said Jenkins. “With students back in school, families will take fewer extended road trips, compared to the summer. Also, refineries will soon begin the switch to winter gasoline, which is cheaper to produce than summer fuel. The combination of lower demand and cheaper gas normally leads to downward pressure on prices at the pump.”
“Refineries will begin the switch to winter gasoline on September 16. Summer gasoline is more expensive to produce because the EPA requires more additives to reduce smog,” AAA noted.
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in Florida at $2.54 a gallon followed by Panama City at $2.53 a gallon and Tallahassee at $2.49 a gallon.
Pensacola and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area tied for the least expensive gas in Florida at $2.38 a gallon followed by Jacksonville at $2.39 a gallon.