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AAA: Florida Gas Prices Surge Again Setting Yet Another 2024 Record High Last Week of $3.62 a Gallon

Sunday's state average of $3.59/g is 11 cents more than what drivers paid this time last year. However, the current price is below last year's springtime high of $3.72 - which was recorded on April 21.
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Sunday's state average of $3.59/g is 11 cents more than what drivers paid this time last year. However, the current price is below last year's springtime high of $3.72 - which was recorded on April 21.

Florida - Monday April 1, 2024: Florida gas prices jumped again last week, reacting to gains in the futures market in the week before. In full, the state average rose 12 cents a gallon, reaching a new 2024 high of $3.62 a gallon.

Despite the recent increase, pump prices are following a similar trend to what drivers saw last spring. Sunday's state average of $3.59/g is 11 cents more than what drivers paid this time last year. However, the current price is below last year's springtime high of $3.72 - which was recorded on April 21.

Factors contributing to upward pressure in the fuel market:

  • Gasoline demand strengthens in the spring as temperatures rise and Americans travel for spring break.
  • Refineries are conducting seasonal maintenance, which can affect gasoline production and/or supplies.
  • Summer gasoline is moving into the market, which is more expensive to produce.
  • The global oil supply market is tight. Although the United States is producing oil at record levels again, OPEC+ extended production cuts to lower global supplies and prop-up oil prices.
  • Geopolitical tensions fuel global demand concerns, after recent Ukraine drone attacks on Russian oil refineries.

"Fuel prices made modest gains in the futures market last week," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Analysts believe OPEC and its allies will not lift production cuts before June, even as seasonal fuel demand is projected to grow."
The U.S. price of crude finished the week 3% stronger than the week before. However, Friday's closing price of $83.17 per barrel is 30 cents less than the 2024 high, recorded a week earlier. Meanwhile, gasoline futures also finished the week in line with the prior week.

Visit GasPrices.AAA.com to view state and local average gas prices

AAA Florida

Florida Regional Prices

  • Most expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.77), Naples ($3.69), Port St. Lucie ($3.65)
  • Least expensive metro markets – Panama City ($3.22), Crestview-Fort Walton ($3.23), Pensacola ($3.27)

Ways to Save on Gasoline

  • Combine errands to limit driving time.
  • Shop around for the best gas prices in your community. 
  • Pay with cash. Some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight in your vehicle. Every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle improves fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
  • Drive conservatively. Aggressive acceleration and speeding reduces fuel economy.

AAA Resources for Drivers

  • Enroll in savings programs. AAA Members who enroll in Shell's Fuel Rewards program can save 30 cents per gallon on their first fill-up and 5 cents per gallon each additional trip to the pump. Click here for more information.
  • Get a tune-up. Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained to optimize its fuel economy. Visit AAA.com/AutoRepair to find a certified repair shop.
  • Find the lowest gas prices in your area by using the free AAA mobile app.
  • Determine anticipated fuel costs for your trip by using the AAA's Gas Cost Calculator.