Gas prices dropped in Florida while several states continue to witness increases at the pump.
According to the AAA weekly report on Monday, the national average price per gallon rose 7 cents to $3.79. But in Florida, the average went from $3.37 last week to $3.22—and from $3.44 to $3.26 in Gainesville.
“The regional differences in gas prices are stark at the moment, with prices on the West Coast hitting $6 a gallon and higher, while Texas and Gulf Coast states have prices dipping below $3 in some areas,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “At least six California refineries are undergoing maintenance, and there is limited pipeline supply to the West Coast from locations east of the Rockies.”
Last week, as Hurricane Ian approached the state, the storm drove up demand, but not prices. On Friday, Bloomberg reported that 11% of Florida gas stations had no fuel.
If the demand for gasoline remains persistent as supply tightens, drivers may see a surge in pump prices through the weekend, according to the AAA.
Florida has the eighth least expensive average price at $3.22 per gallon. A month ago, the average cost was $3.54; last year it was $3.05.
According to gasbuddy.com, here are the cheapest prices to fill up in Alachua County:
- $2.98 at 15089 NW US-441, Alachua
- $3.07 at Love’s Travel Shop, 5615 SE US-301, Hawthorne
- $3.07 at Shell, 13820 NW 140th St., Alachua
- $3.07 at Raceway, 16171 Martin Luther King Drive, Alachua
- $3.07 at Circle K, 16130 NW US Hwy 441, Gainesville
- $3.08 at BP, 15295 NE US Hwy 301, Waldo
- $3.08 at Raceway, 15330 NW US-301, Waldo
- $3.09 at Shell, 6807 NE US-301, Hawthorne
- $3.09 at The Short Stop, 2610 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
- $3.09 at Circle K, 4030 SW 13th St., Gainesville
The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: California (+59 cents), Alaska (+54 cents), Oregon (+43 cents), Washington (+38 cents), Arizona (+38 cents), Nevada (+38 cents), Michigan (+19 cents), Illinois (+19 cents), Wisconsin (+17 cents) and Indiana (+16 cents).
The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: California ($6.37), Nevada ($5.49), Oregon ($5.42), Alaska ($5.32), Washington ($5.29), Hawaii ($5.21), Arizona ($4.49), Idaho ($4.42), Michigan ($4.16) and Illinois ($4.16).