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TAMPA (CBSMiami) — Prices at the pumps are going down, ever so slightly. According to AAA, Florida gas prices have gradually declined, falling a total of 4 cents during the past two weeks.

After reaching a 2021 high of $3.01 earlier this month, drivers are now paying an average price of $2.97 per gallon. Sunday’s state average is 2 cents less than a week ago, yet 3 cents more than last month, and 91 cents more than this time last year.

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“Gas prices may not move much this week, as futures prices finished slightly above a week ago,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Concerns about the Delta variant significantly impacted the crude oil market last week, causing oil prices to drop 8% on Monday. However, crude rebounded by the end of the week, on the belief that the spread would not significantly impact the recovery in global fuel demand.”

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Although crude futures finished the week stronger than the week before, the price for US oil remains $3 less than this year’s high of $75.25.

Regional Prices

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  • Most expensive metro markets – Panama City ($3.13), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.13), Tallahassee ($3.06)
  • Least expensive metro markets – Punta Gorda ($2.85), Orlando ($2.91), Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice ($2.91)

Ways to Save on Gasoline

  • 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. Team