By CBSMiami.com Team

MIAMI (CBSMiami) —Florida gas prices held steady during the past week. Florida drivers are paying an average price of $3.01 per gallon.

The state average is fractions of a cent less than a week ago, yet remains 3 cents more than last month and 90 cents more than this time last year.

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“Florida drivers are still finding some of the most expensive prices at the pump in nearly seven years,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Crude oil prices fluctuated last week, but ultimately evened out. So it’s likely these elevated gas prices will hang around for the near future.”

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Ways to Save on Gasoline

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  • 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.
  • Enroll in savings programs.

Regional Prices

  • Most expensive metro markets – Panama City ($3.14), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.13), Tallahassee ($3.06)
  • Least expensive metro markets – Punta Gorda ($2.94), Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($2.96), Jacksonville ($2.97)

CBSMiami.com Team