Florida gas prices decrease slightly, expected to continue dropping

Average price per gallon stands at $3.30

FILE - Gas pumps are shown at a gas station in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. Drivers in the U.S. and Europe are getting a break from the record-high pump prices they endured over the summer. But that price tag is still difficult for many customers who have been enduring relentless inflation and were used to lower prices. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File) (Michael Probst, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida gas prices continue on a roller coaster ride and are dropping once again.

After a 32-cent spike, AAA said the price per gallon fell 2 cents over the weekend but is expected to decline more in the coming weeks.

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“Gas prices soared in recent weeks, after winter storms caused temporary refinery outages,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a news release. “Last week, we saw fuel prices retreat again, as refinery activity ramped back up and the market turned bearish on global fuel demand, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in China. Retail prices could drop 10-20 cents in the coming weeks, unless oil prices suddenly rebound.”

The average price per gallon in Florida on Sunday was $3.30.

Over a six-week period at the end of November through December, prices dropped 59 cents.

Regional prices

  • Most expensive metro markets - West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.46), Sebastian-Vero Beach ($3.36), Port St. Lucie ($3.34)
  • Least expensive metro markets - Panama City ($3.13), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($3.13), Pensacola ($3.14)

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.