Florida’s gas prices drop as holiday travel ramps up

National average per gallon of gas sits at $3.26

FILE - A customer pumps gas at an Exxon gas station, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Miami. Gas prices have again dropped sharply in New Jersey and around the country, Saturday, Dec. 10, as demand remains slow and supplies continue to increase. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File) (Marta Lavandier, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Gas prices are seeing a steady decline in the Sunshine State as many Floridians are getting ready to travel for the holidays.

According to AAA, the cost of gas has dropped by 12 cents in just the past week.

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The current national average for a gallon of gas is $3.26, AAA said.

The average price in Florida is about 12 cents cheaper; about $3.14 per gallon. That is down about 42 cents from November, according to AAA.

This drop in gas prices comes at a good time, as AAA predicts 5.8 million Floridians will be driving at least 50 miles or more for their holiday. The auto agency said this will be a roughly 3% increase over 2021′s travel numbers, which saw about 5.6 million Floridians on the road.

However, air travel is also expected to see a big bump this year as well. According to a news release, 336,145 Floridians will fly for the holiday, which is a 15% increase over 2021′s air travel numbers.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.