US, Florida gas prices jump to new records -- again

Prices forecasted to keep fluctuating throughout summer, AAA says

The U.S. is now at an average of $4.59 per gallon while the average price per gallon in Florida is $4.53 as of Tuesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Gas prices in the U.S. and in Florida have again reached new record highs.

The U.S. is now at an average of $4.59 per gallon while the average price per gallon in Florida is $4.53 as of Tuesday. Florida gas prices jumped from an average of $4.48 per gallon on Monday.

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Many gas stations in Central Florida are seeing prices higher than that as summer travel prepares to get underway.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gas prices on Memorial Day are forecasted to be the holiday’s “most expensive yet.”

“A combination of tightening global supplies and strengthening demand are the main culprits behind this unprecedented pain at the pump. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a quick end in sight. Gas prices are likely to continue fluctuating throughout the summer and remain well above year-ago levels,” Jenkins said in a release.

Before this year, the previous record high in Florida was in 2008 at $3.93 per gallon. Floridians paid an average of $2.86 per gallon last year for Memorial Day travel.

AAA is estimating 90% of holiday travelers to drive to their destination this year.

Ways to save on gasoline

  • Combine errands to limit 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 reduces fuel economy.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.