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Gas prices continue to fall

Johnson City Press • Apr 20, 2020 at 11:21 PM

With travel in many areas restricted to essential business only, fuel prices continued their fall last week.

According to gasbuddy.com, the national average price of gasoline dropped five cents per gallon last week and was $1.78 Monday. That was down 33 cents from last month and was $1.06 less than last year.

Auto Club Group AAA said Monday a quarter of the country’s filling stations had gas priced at less than $1.50 per gallon.

In Tennessee, prices were down 3.5 cents from last week, to an average of $1.54, according to a survey of 3,821 stations. That figure was 33.8 cents less than last month and $1.04 less than last year.

The cheapest gas in the state was $1.07 Monday and the most expensive was $2.51, according to GasBuddy.

"With another drop in the national average from a week ago, we've made it eight straight weeks of decline, and for the first time in GasBuddy's 20-year history, we have two cities that are averaging under $1 per gallon. That's right — not a single station under $1, but the entire city average. Truly unprecedented demand destruction has been dismantling expensive gas prices everywhere," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "With oil again at new multi-decade lows, we still have room for prices to fall nearly countrywide, though areas with lower prices will see little decline, take Wisconsin for example, while higher-priced states like California have the most room to decline. With the wounds to the oil industry growing deeper, it's becoming more likely that even after most Americans return to work, there will be a hangover to the low prices that many motorists will eventually be able to take advantage of."

AAA spokesperson Megan Cooper said gas prices in Tennessee have declined for 54 consecutive days. Thirty-eight percent of Tennessee’s stations priced gas at less than $1.50 per gallon Monday.

AAA also provided tips for disinfecting pump and vehicle surfaces when buying gas to avoid potential transmission of viruses:

• When driving into a gas station, select a pump located at the end to minimize close contact with others filling their tank.
• Use disinfecting wipes to wipe down the gas pump, screen and touchpad.
• Use gloves, or if you don’t have them, a plastic bag when touching the pump.
• After filling-up, use wipes and hand sanitizer to wipe down your hands and credit card.

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