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Drivers are now saving about $5 at the pump

Pump prices have lost 32 cents since their 2023 peak of $3.88 a month ago — see the states with largest decreases and least expensive markets

Washington, D.C.—Despite global tensions causing ripples through the oil market, the national average for a gallon of gas maintained its autumnal dip, falling eight cents since last week to $3.56. Pump prices have lost 32 cents since their 2023 peak of $3.88 a month ago. This means drivers are saving about $5 every time they fuel up.

“While gas prices are falling about a penny a day, that feels like a glacial pace,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “The oil market is watching to see if the war between Israel and Hamas widens, so the price is stuck at a rather elevated price in the mid-$80s per barrel. This, in turn, is slowing the decline in gas prices.”

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased from 8.58 to 8.94 million b/d last week. On the other hand, total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 2.4 million bbl to 223.3 million bbl. Although higher demand and tightening supply typically increase pump prices, flat oil prices have had the opposite effect. If oil prices remain steady or fall, drivers can expect further price drops at the pump in the weeks ahead.  

Today’s national average of $3.56 is 32 cents less than a month ago and 29 cents less than a year ago.

Quick Stats

  • Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest decreases in their averages: California (−18 cents), Arizona (−16 cents), Alaska (−14 cents), Florida (−12 cents), Washington (−12 cents), Nevada (−12 cents), Oregon (−11 cents), Utah (−11 cents), Minnesota (−11 cents) and Texas (−11 cents).
  • The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Georgia ($3.03), Texas ($3.03), Mississippi ($3.04), Alabama ($3.09), Louisiana ($3.10), Delaware ($3.10), South Carolina ($3.10), Tennessee ($3.11), Arkansas ($3.15) and Kentucky ($3.18).

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