As Labor Day draws near, gas prices continue to drop across the Sunshine State for the ninth consecutive week.
Last week, Florida gas prices dropped another 14 cents per gallon.
Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $3.65 per gallon. That’s the lowest daily average since March 3, 2022.
“The state average should continue moving lower, likely slipping into the $3.50s by the end of the week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Oil and gasoline futures regained some strength last week, as analysts believe that falling fuel prices will encourage consumers to drive more.”
The U.S. price of oil rose 3% last week. Friday’s closing price of $92.09 per barrel is $3.08 per barrel more than the week before.
In Florida, it now costs $55 to fill an average-sized 15-gallon tank of gas.
As of Monday, the most expensive markets to buy gas are West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.85), Naples ($3.82) and Miami ($3.77).
The least expensive markets are Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($3.48), The Villages ($3.50) and Panama City ($3.54).
AAA offers some tips when it comes to savings at the pump:
· Combine errands to reduce driving time.
· Shop around for the best gas prices in your community.
· Consider paying cash. Some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
· Remove excess weight in your vehicle.
· Drive conservatively. Aggressive acceleration and speeding reduce fuel economy.
· Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. An engine tune-up, new air filter and proper tire inflation can all help fuel economy.
· Enroll in savings programs.
· Get a tune-up ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained to optimize its fuel economy.