GasBuddy has projected that average Christmas Day gas prices will be their highest since 2013. However, there is some good news – average gas prices have fallen in every state in the last month as demand for gasoline cools off with winter returning in full force, led by states in the Great Lakes which have seen drops of over 15 cents per gallon in recent weeks.
The only smartphone app connecting 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, GasBuddy projects the national average gas price this Christmas will be $2.39 per gallon, a 12-cent drop since Thanksgiving, but the priciest Christmas in four years ($3.26 in 2013) and 11 cents higher than Christmas last year. Nearly 3,300 days have passed since prices on Christmas Day averaged under $2 per gallon, a feat last accomplished in 2008 when the average was $1.63 per gallon. Overall, while gas prices stand at higher seasonal levels than prior years, they remain relatively low. On Christmas Day 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, average gas prices were over $3 per gallon.
“It’s hard to be completely happy with gas prices dropping slightly in recent weeks when we’re going to see the most expensive Christmas at the pump in years, but what we’re seeing now really pales in comparison to the holidays when we pulled up to a pump that was over $3 per gallon,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
GasBuddy offers several tips to motorists on the road this holiday season:
Watch Out for State Lines. Because of differing state taxes, in some extreme cases, drivers can spend an extra $25 when refueling the tank if on the wrong side of the line.
Look for Discounts! Some gas stations offer discounts for paying with cash, others accept credit cards with no additional cost. If you have a credit card that earns rewards and the price is the same as cash, you end up getting free rewards.
In a Hurry? Spend a Fury! Speeding, aggressive driving and hard braking are things many of us may be guilty of, and it costs you a fury if you’re in a hurry … leave on time and save dimes and relax at the same time. Such driving can cost upwards of $10 per tank, adding up to $477 per year on average. GasBuddy’s new Trips feature can help you reduce your yearly fuel bill.
With 70 million downloads, GasBuddy is the leader in crowdsourced information to help drivers find the best gas prices, closest stations, friendliest service, cleanest restrooms, tastiest coffee and much more. GasBuddy is the leading source for the most accurate, real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.