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There certainly could be a change in gas prices at the pump as additional aftermath from Hurricane Ida.

According to AAA, the average price for gas in Florida is $2.95 per gallon. Florida’s prices have slipped slightly over the past few weeks. Now, as prices have spiked at the level of investors, the prices of fuel may begin climbing at the pumps again. AAA is just not sure how much they will climb.

The gulf coast is home to offshore oil rigs as well as oil refineries and ports. When storms come through the Gulf of Mexico, they interrupt that flow of oil to the refineries, and fuel from refineries to our gas stations.

According to Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA:

“Drivers will almost assuredly see gas prices rise this week, because of Hurricane Ida’s effects on the Gulf Coast. Based on overnight movement in the futures market, a 10-20 cent jump at the pump is not out of the question. Where gas prices go from here will depend on the extent of the damage and how long it will take for fuel production and transportation lines to return to normal.”

AAA suggests these ways to save on gas.

  • Combine multiple errands to limit driving time.
  • Shop for the best gas prices in your community.
  • Paying cash at some stations to avoid extra per gallon fee for paying with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight from vehicle.
  • Avoid aggressive acceleration and speeding.
  • Check out various gas companies’ savings programs. (be aware of interest rates involved)

[Source: AAA Autoclub South]

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