Gas prices holding steady, but could spike with New Year
Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
U.S. retail gasoline prices are about the same as they were last Christmas but may jump higher in the first weeks of 2014, according to experts with AAA.
Average price for a gallon of regular gasoline
Week earlier: $3.228
Month earlier: $3.262
Year earlier: $3.246
Week earlier: $3.383
Month earlier: $3.394
Year earlier: $3.278
Last year the average price near the end of the holiday season was around $3.23 for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to the auto club. This year the average is around $3.24.
"Gas prices will likely remain relatively stable until the new year,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman with The Auto Club Group, said in a news release. "The stability may not last long. Oil prices recently jumped on a growing U.S. economy and it’s likely pump prices will rise after the first of the year on optimism fuel demand will increase in 2014.
In Florida the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.36 on Monday, down about 2 cents from the previous Monday.
In Gainesville, the average price was $3.43 on Monday, down about 2 cents over the week, according to the crowd-sourcing website www.gasbuddy.com. Recent prices in the area ranged from $3.29 to $3.69.