Running on Fumes
Gas prices have been trending down for a few weeks and are predicted to continue for a few more, albeit at a slower rate now that the Trump administration has made the Mexico tariffs deal. Still, 2019's gas prices are slightly higher than experts initially estimated, which has left drivers hunting for deals. AAA put the average price of a gallon of gasoline at $2.795 in early June — more than what the folks at gas price app GasBuddy predicted early in 2019, when they thought prices might average $2.70 per gallon. What drivers pay, however, varies a lot based on where they're driving.
Broken into five fuel districts, the U.S. sees much of its gas produced and refined along the Gulf Coast and shipped to other regions. However, in recent years, oil production in Canada and in North Dakota's Bakken Shale has given the Midwest some modest supply of its own and pushed down gas prices there. Finally, gas formulas and regional and state gas taxes have a significant impact on pricing. With the help of data from GasBuddy, we took a look at gas prices around the U.S. and found the best deals. Unless you want to change the way you drive or care for your vehicle, these stations, if any are near you, are the best route to save money.
Note: Prices were compiled in early June 2019 and are subject to change.