Gas prices drop below pre-Harvey levels

AAA Dec 18 Survey shows Gas Prices Continue to Drop in NJ
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Good news for anyone planning to drive this holiday: AAA does not expect the national average to jump before the end of the year.

Gas prices in Southwest Florida continued to fall over the week, returning to levels before they surged after Hurricane Harvey in late August.

Motor club AAA lists a national average retail price of $2.41 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline as of Tuesday.

Christmas Day gas prices are expected to be the highest since 2013, according to a projection from GasBuddy. The Florida average is falling at a rate of a penny per day.

Stay with Northern Michigan's News Leader as we work to keep you updated on these holiday gas prices.




East Coast and Midwest states are seeing the largest drops in gas prices - as much as six cents, while a small number of states have seen increases: in (+11 cents), MI (+8 cents), OH (+4 cents).

So far this year, the highest average price in Florida was $2.73 on September 9 and the lowest was $2.13 on July 17.

In Boone, gas prices on Sunday December 17th were around 2.34 a gallon. The U.S. average is almost 20 cents higher than this time previous year.

Gas prices in Rhode Island have dropped four cents per gallon, just in time for Christmas.

States with the lowest average gas prices: Missouri ($2.14), MS ($2.16), Alabama ($2.16), SC ($2.17), Arkansas ($2.17), Oklahoma ($2.18), Tennessee ($2.19), Texas ($2.20), Louisiana ($2.21) and Kansas ($2.23). The busy holiday driving season will continue to be the most expensive in years as prices remain high after Hurricane Harvey.

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