AAA says Floridians should Fill Tanks Now! Gas prices likely to rise

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Mid-July in South Florida means plenty of extra cars on the road. Families on summer vacations searching for their sun fix, residents enjoying the relaxed days, and commuters competing for rush hour road space.

Now, AAA has issued a call for drivers to fill up their gas tanks – today!

The remark comes after evaluating the oil industry’s recent operating behavior.

Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA’s Auto Club Group pointed out that “Refineries are running on all cylinders, cutting into excess crude stocks.” Which means that “Gas prices could inch a little higher this week.”

The same actions prompted oil prices to rise slightly higher last week and now analyzers believe we’ll notice an increase at the pump.

“The increase on the retail-side may only amount to as much as 5 cents by the end of the week.” Jenkins went on to say that overall, consumers will still be saving on fuel prices when compared to earlier this year, but he believes this could be the beginning of a gradual uptick in gas prices.

Throughout the state, these Southeast Florida areas marked the highest average gas prices:

  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton    : $ 2.24/gallon average
  • Miami metro                            : $ 2.22/gallon average

The lowest prices were found:

  • Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater        : $ 2.01/gallon average
  • Orlando                                   : $ 2.04/gallon average
  • Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice       : $ 2.07/gallon average

According to FloridaStateGasPrices.com, on July 19, 2017 (07:30EST), the average price of regular gasoline in the state of Florida was $2.188. The ranking data placed Florida fairly low in the nation, at number 17. 33 other states and Washington D.C. ranked higher in average cost. The lowest average price state was South Carolina at $1.964 and the highest average was Hawaii at $3.003, California was not far behind at $2.910.

South Florida’s traffic issues have also been an area of debate and contention between residents and governing officials. The routing of traffic patterns to accommodate an influx of vehicles, and reducing commuting times are at the forefront of the discussions. With the growing number of vehicles hitting the streets, many are concerned with more than just gas prices.

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