Gas Prices Still Dropping in Time for Christmas

The December discounts keep flowing at the pump, according to analysts with AAA Auto Club Group. 

Analysts say gas prices have declined for 5 consecutive weeks, as refineries produce gasoline than is being consumed. 

The surplus in refined gasoline has helped prices return to levels not seen since August 30, when gas prices surged in response to Hurricane Harvey's impact on Gulf Coast refineries. 

Officials say Gulf Coast refineries have completely recovered from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and are now flooding the market with fuel in anticipation of strong demand during the year-end holidays.

AAA is forecasting that a record-setting 97.4 million Americans will take a road trip during the final days of the year. 

Analysts with the auto club group say it appears that the strong supply of gasoline should help stave-off any gas price hikes that would otherwise be caused by such a surge in demand.

The assessment is that gas prices for the year-end holidays should be on par with, if not lower than, last year. 

AAA says Florida gas prices averaged $2.38 on Sunday; the lowest since August 30. 

They are 13 cents less than a month ago, and 6 cents more than this time last year. 

The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Miami, Naples, and Homosassa Springs.  

The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Jacksonville, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, and Orlando.


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