Augusta continues to get a break from skyrocketing gas costs
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia gas prices remain elevated, up a penny from a week ago, 22 cents from a month ago and $1.33 from a year ago, according to AAA.
The good news is that Augusta gas prices haven’t risen over the past week and remain lower at $3.18 per gallon than the state average of $3.25.
Across the river in South Carolina, the average price actually fell by a penny over the past week as oil prices dipped below $80 per barrel for the first time in weeks.
The average price for gas in the Palmetto State is $3.15 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. That price is 16.1 cents higher than a month ago and $1.34 higher than a year ago.
In Georgia, it now costs the average motorist $48.75 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that’s $11.88 more than what motorists paid in January 2020, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.
“Gas prices continue to rise across the country.” said Montrae Waiters, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokeswoman. “A year ago, Georgians were paying $28 to $38 to fill up a tank of gas. Now that cost has almost doubled.”
She said AAA anticipates pump prices will remain elevated through the Thanksgiving holiday.
At the upper end, gas is averaging $3.26 per gallon in Atlanta and $3.34 in Savannah. On the low end, it’s running $3.13 in Catoosa County.
The national picture
The national average price of gas is $3.41, which is $1.31 per gallon higher than last year.
According to AAA, fuel prices last hit this mark in September 2014.
“Last week saw oil prices briefly fall back under $80 for the first time in weeks. While it wasn’t enough to provide much relief last week, we should see small declines this week in a majority of the country, thanks to the corresponding drop in wholesale gasoline prices,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
De Haan said demand for fuel remains strong, so the high prices aren’t having an impact on consumption.
AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said the end of daylight saving time could potentially change the need for gas.
“The shorter days could lead to lower demand for gas. Drivers may head straight home from work to avoid the darkness rather than tack on side trips for shopping or errands,” Gross said.
California, Hawaii and Nevada are among the states with the highest average prices, while Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas have the lowest average prices.
From reports by WRDW/WAGT and WCSC
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