AAA: Year-end gas prices edge higher

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 30, 2019 at 6:23 PM

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Tennessee was $2.32 on Monday — one cent more expensive compared to last week and last month and 31 cents more expensive than last year.

Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol had an average price of $2.30 per gallon Monday. 

According to AAA analysts, the national average was $2.58, representing an increase of 4 cents from last week. The national average was the same price as last month, but 31 cents more expensive than the end of 2018.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Tennessee priced a gallon of gas at $1.99, while the most expensive station recorded a price of $2.99 per gallon. The lowest price in Tennessee was $1.99, while the highest was $2.99. The cheapest price in the entire country Monday stood at $1.88 per gallon, with the most expensive being $5.19 per gallon. 

A year-end spike in road trip travel due to the holidays helped increase the national average. But in 2019, the national gas price average was $2.61, which is 10 cents cheaper than the 2018 average of $2.71.

“The majority of states saw gas prices increase in the last week – some by as much as a nickel to a dime, but any spikes in gas prices that motorists are seeing will be short-lived,” AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano said in a Monday news release. “AAA expects gas prices to decrease following the holidays.”

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