Winter storms throughout the nation and holiday travel fuel demand caused gas prices to spike.
According to Tuesday’s AAA report, the national average per gallon rose 12 cents to $3.22 per gallon. In Florida, gas prices spiked from $2.98 to $3.28 — the second highest jump in the nation — and $3.12 to $3.31 in Gainesville.
“The cost of gas will likely rise a bit more before this surge stalls due to less expensive oil and a return to seasonal driving patterns,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “But 2022 will go down as a record year with a national annual average of $3.96. According to fuel expert Tom Kloza of OPIS, that’s 40 to 50 cents more than the previous peak years of 2011 through 2014.”
According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand rose from 8.7 million barrels per day (b/d) to 9.3 million b/d last week. Higher gas prices are due to increased demand and less supply at the pumps.
Florida has the 33rd least expensive average at $3.28. A month ago, the average cost was $3.29; last year, it was $3.21.
According to gasbuddy.com, here are the lowest prices to fill up in Alachua County:
- $3.03 at Texaco, 6850 SE US 301, Hawthorne.
- $3.09 at Shell, 7015 US-301, Hawthorne.
- $3.11 at Texaco, 1602 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville.
- $3.19 at Texaco, 4114 SW 13th St., Gainesville.
- $3.19 at Sam’s Club, 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville.
- $3.19 at Circle K, 15089 NW US-441, Alachua.
- $3.19 at Circle K, 16070 Martin Luther King Blvd., Alachua.
The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: Delaware (+33 cents), Florida (+30 cents), Maryland (+25 cents), Michigan (+21 cents), Texas (+20 cents), Ohio (+20 cents), South Carolina (+20 cents), Missouri (+20 cents), Alabama (+18 cents) and Wisconsin (+17 cents).
The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: Hawaii ($5.02), California ($4.42), Nevada ($3.97), Washington ($3.86), Oregon ($3.73), Alaska ($3.71), Pennsylvania ($3.63), Washington, D.C. ($3.47), Idaho ($3.43) and New York ($3.41).