‘Fa la la la la’ Falling Pump Prices Making Spirits Bright


Drivers will have more change jingling in their pockets this holiday season as they save on fuel fill-ups, especially compared to this summer. On the week, the national average shed 4.4 cents to land at $2.399 per gallon. Prices in Arizona dropped 4 cents to $2.736.

"Motorists are noticing a big difference as they fill-up at the gas pump this month,” said Michelle Donati, AAA Arizona spokesperson. “Month-over-month, gas price averages have dropped double digits for every state.”

The duration of the current downward price trend is largely dependent on crude inventories and prices. According to new data released by the Energy Information Administration, total domestic crude inventories are down for the second week in a row. This comes after 10 weeks of consecutive inventory growth that helped to push crude prices to their lowest levels of 2018 – as cheap as $50/bbl. 

"With inventories now falling, crude prices could increase," Donati said. "If this proves true, then motorists will likely see pump prices increase during the first quarter of 2019."

Missouri and California hold the lowest and highest average price for the lower 48 states at $1.983 and $3.419 per gallon.

Arizona metro prices are listed from lowest to highest in the chart below:

City Today’s price Change from last month Last year’s price
Tucson $2.460 -18.5 $2.254
Yuma $2.620 -24.6 $2.320
Sierra Vista-Douglas $2.649 -20.0 $2.368
Phoenix $2.749 -15.9 $2.298
Glendale $2.765 -14.6 $2.316
East Valley $2.773 -12.7 $2.294
Peoria $2.800 -10.5 $2.336
Flagstaff $2.848 -15.6 $2.598
Scottsdale $2.871 -15.1 $2.423
Lake Havasu-Kingman $2.925 -10.9 $2.513
Prescott $2.941 -10.1 $2.510
Arizona $2.736 -15.2 $2.361
National $2.399 -27.9 $2.453

Winter Fuel & Driving Tips
As drivers hit the road this winter, AAA offers these tips to help conserve fuel and keep motorists safe:

  • If possible, only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill. This will help to conserve fuel. Also, parking your car in a garage will help it stay warm.
  • As a precaution, keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. It helps to reduce condensation in the fuel system. It also helps ensure an adequate reserve of fuel to run the engine for heat should your car become disabled in a remote location.
  • Be sure to pack an emergency roadside kit in your car containing a mobile phone and car charger, first-aid kit, blankets, drinking water and snacks, a flashlight with extra batteries, a basic toolkit, warning flares, an ice scraper, jumper cables and a shovel.

Motorists can find current gas prices at GasPrices.AAA.com and along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

About AAA Arizona
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