Florida gas prices drop to new 2023 low ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many Floridians are grateful the prices at the pump have plummeted to a new 2023 low, according to AAA. 

On Sunday, the average price of gas in the Sunshine State was $3.04 per gallon, which is 15 cents less than a week ago, and the lowest daily average price since December 2022. It's also 37 cents less than what drivers paid last Thanksgiving.

"More than half of Florida gas stations now have gasoline priced below $3 a gallon," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "While there could be some fluctuations in the coming weeks, AAA expects gas prices to remain low through the holidays, unless oil prices suddenly spike."

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AAA says the price drop is due to a lower cost of crude oil.

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According to AAA, the most expensive places to purchase gas in Florida are West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.28), Naples ($3.19), Tallahassee ($3.17), while the least expense are Pensacola ($2.88), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($2.90), Panama City ($2.98)

AAA offers these tips to save on gasoline:

  • Combine errands to limit driving time.
  • Shop around for the best gas prices in your community.
  • Pay with cash. Some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight in your vehicle. Every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle improves fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
  • Drive conservatively. Aggressive acceleration and speeding reduces fuel economy.