Friday, March 31, 2023

Florida: Gas prices rose more than 30 cents in two weeks

MIAMI. – The price of gasoline in Florida rose 32 cents in two weeks to an average of $3.58 per gallon under pressure from rising oil prices.

The state average rose 17 cents a gallon last week, reaching a two-month high ($3.58) on Thursday. However, that state’s average posted a smaller drop of about 2 cents over the weekend, said AAA, which tracks gasoline prices in the US.

“Gasoline prices in Florida have increased by 32 cents per gallon in the past two weeks,” said Mark Jenkins, public relations manager, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “It is unusual to see such large gains in January, but global fundamentals have kept prices under pressure at the pump. Oil investors are optimistic that global fuel demand will pick up now as China, the world’s biggest oil importer, reopens. Its economy.

As oil prices stabilize, expect the same to happen at gas stations.

Data released by AAA showed prices in Florida this Monday stood at $3.56 a gallon, higher than the national average of $3.50.

In June 2022, prices reached a state record of $4.89 per gallon of gasoline, something that had never been seen in Florida.

The most expensive and cheapest gasoline in Florida

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.74), Sebastian Vero Beach ($3.64) and Port St. Lucie ($3.64) had the highest gas prices a week ago. While the lowest prices were found in Panama City ($3.31), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($3.32) and Pensacola ($3.40).

The average price of gasoline in Miami-Dade and Broward rose this Monday to $3.25 and $3.62, respectively, while it was $3.74 in Palm Beach, according to an AAA survey.

If you’re concerned about the cost of gasoline, there are small things you can do to save fuel and money.

saving tips

There are ways drivers can save fuel, here is a list of some experts’ recommendations:

  • Driving smooth, which can make your car engine run more efficiently. Do not speed or race from stoplight to stoplight.
  • compare prices. Depending on where you live, there can be a big or small difference in prices between gas stations. And even if the difference in price per gallon is only a few cents, it can still add up to hundreds of dollars per year.
  • There are apps like GasBuddy, Gas Guru, and AAA TripTik that you can use to find the best prices along your route.
  • Some loyalty programs, including those of many major gas station chains, offer discounts and most are free.
  • Share trips with friends, family or trusted neighbors who have the same destination or at least a very close one. Leaving the car at home for at least a day can make a difference.
  • Maintain the air pressure in the vehicle’s tires at the recommended values ​​and do not load the car to make it heavier.
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