Gas-price trends indicate you should fill up your tank late this week or early next week, then go into conservation mode. The nadir is near.
AAA tracking says Florida’s average gas price is on a consumer roll, falling for 23 straight days going into Monday. That’s knocked 14 cents off the average price of a gallon of unleaded.
“This unseasonable pump price plunge continued through the weekend, but shouldn’t last much longer,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. “Although gas prices could slip a little lower this week, rising oil and gasoline futures prices have already caused that downward shift to stall in some markets. As we get closer to Memorial Day, the market will continue to be influenced by crude prices, refinery production rates and gasoline inventories as key indicators that will steer retail prices into the summer.”
The Florida average of $2.32 per gallon of regular unleaded is 2 cents under the national average. South Florida knows little about that as home to the three most expensive markets: West Palm Beach ($2.43), Miami and Fort Lauderdale ($2.37 each).
GasBuddy.com says go west and join a crowd for the cheapest gas in Miami-Dade.
At Costco, 7795 W. Flagler St., and BJ’s, 7050 Coral Way, the price of regular unleaded was $2.15 per gallon. For a place you don’t have to be a member, try the Walmart at 6991 SW Eighth St. where it was $2.18. Liberty City’s got the low end on gas prices with $2.19 at Citgo, 3080 NW 54th St., and Valero, 7045 NW 27th Ave.
In Fort Lauderdale, the 7-Eleven at 1545 NE Fourth Ave. has $2.17 per gallon unleaded. The Marathon at 1490 State Road 84 and Valero at 1199 State Road 84 seem to be in a little price fight, both at $2.21. For BJ’s members, the one at 5100 NW Ninth Ave. moves it at $2.19.