Even with the Thanksgiving travel season around the corner, gas prices continue to drop in Florida, hitting a nine-month low at the start of this week.
AAA released a study on Monday showing the average gallon of gas cost $2.37 a gallon on Sunday, down three cents from the week before and below the national average of $2.60 a gallon.
“Florida gas prices have declined the past 17 consecutive days for a total discount of 10 cents. Florida drivers are now paying 13 cents less than both a month ago and this time last year. That amounts to a savings of nearly $2 on a full tank of gasoline,” AAA noted. “The southeastern United States has some of the lowest gas prices in the nation. Florida’s state average is the 13th-lowest in the U.S.; Louisiana’s is number one.”
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on prices at the pump in Florida on Monday.
“On average, Florida drivers are now paying the lowest price for gasoline since February,” said Mark Jenkins. “Strong gains in fuel supplies and flat crude prices are contributing to the downturn in prices at the pump. Drivers are now paying 43 cents per gallon less than this year’s highest daily price – set back in April. Thanksgiving Day gas prices are poised to be the lowest for the holiday in three years, so long as the state average remains below $2.45 per gallon.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state with prices averaging $2.50 a gallon followed by Panama City and Tallahassee which both saw prices averaging $2.48 a gallon.
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area had the least expensive gas in Florida at $2.28 a gallon followed by Orlando at $2.29 a gallon and Jacksonville at $2.32 a gallon.