MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With the end of the summer road trip season, we’re seeing cheaper prices at the pump.
Throughout September, Florida gas prices averaged $3.32, which was 14 cents cheaper than last year, and 46 cents less expensive than 2012, according to AAA.
Nationally, drivers paid the lowest September gas prices since 2010. The national average was $3.39 per gallon, which was about 13 cents less than last year and 44 cents cheaper than 2012.
“Gas prices typically slide in September as the busy driving season ends and because many stations begin selling less costly winter-blend gasoline on September 16,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices generally have been less expensive than in recent years due to the dramatic boom in North American petroleum production.”
And the good news doesn’t end there.
“Gas prices could fall another 20 cents per gallon by the time families load up the car for Thanksgiving,” said Jenkins. “If everything goes smoothly, buying gas for less than $3.00 per gallon should be refreshingly common in the southeastern U.S. this winter.”
Gas prices should remain relatively flat over the next week or two due to relatively heavy refinery maintenance. Refineries should complete most of this seasonal maintenance by the middle of October.
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