With tensions rising with Iran, crude oil prices on the rise and 2.6 million Floridians ready to travel for the Independence Day holiday, AAA expects gas prices to continue to increase throughout the Sunshine State.
On Sunday, the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.53, up ten cents from a week before. AAA noted on Monday that the average gallon of gas in Florida could soon top $2.60. In the past week, gas prices across the nation have risen from $2.66 a gallon on average to $2.72.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on gas prices in Florida on Monday.
“The recent jump at the pump should not deter Floridians from hitting the road for Independence Day,” said Jenkins. “AAA still expects the most traveled Independence Day on record, and low gas prices is one of the reasons why. Gas prices remain 20 cents per gallon less than what drivers spent last year on July 4th, and 26 cents per gallon less than the highest price this year. Crude prices have recently leveled out, so it’s unlikely pump prices will see a significant hike, unless something unexpected occurs and oil prices suddenly spike.”
Panama City and West Palm Beach had the most expensive gas in the Sunshine State with prices in both areas averaging $2.63 a gallon followed by Naples at $2.60 a gallon.
Three cities across Florida–Jacksonville, Punta Gorda and Orlando–had the lowest prices in the state with all three cities looking at an average price of $2.49 a gallon on Sunday.
AAA expects busy traffic in the days ahead with Wednesday seeing the most traffic. Orlando is the top tourist destination for Americans hitting the road for Independence Day.