Drivers continue to find lower gas prices

(February 14, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas dropped another week, falling six cents to $3.43. Pump prices have fallen every day since January 28. Fewer people fueling up, and lower costs for oil, are behind the price dip.

“Drivers may have a little more in their wallets as we head toward Valentine’s Day,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, “and if gas demand and oil costs remain low, drivers will likely see pump prices drop through next week.”

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dipped slightly from 8.49 million to 8.43 million barrels a day last week. The current gas demand rate is approximately 700,000 b/d lower than the rate during the first week of February 2022, helping to explain why gas prices are declining. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks increased significantly by 5 million barrels to 239.6 million barrel last week. If gas demand remains low amid growing total domestic stocks, pump prices will drop further.

Today’s national average of $3.43 is 15 cents more than a month ago, but 3 cents less than a year ago.

Quick stats

Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest decreases in their averages: Delaware (−15 cents), Ohio (−11 cents), Maryland (−11 cents), Tennessee (−11 cents), Alabama (−10 cents), South Carolina (−10 cents), Wisconsin (−10 cents), Florida (−10 cents), Virginia (−9 cents) and Texas (−9 cents).

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Texas ($3.03), Mississippi ($3.09), Missouri ($3.10), Kentucky ($3.11), Arkansas ($3.11), Oklahoma ($3.12), South Carolina ($3.13), Tennessee ($3.14), Louisiana ($3.16) and Kansas ($3.16).