Motorists to see most expensive Independence Day gas prices in three years

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 2, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Independence Day is approaching, and with it will come an increase in gas prices.

According to AAA’s latest report, Sunday’s average of $2.60 per gallon was 60 cents more than this time last year in Tennessee. 

Compared to other states, however, Tennessee’s gas prices remained lower than the national average. The national average stands at $2.87, with Tennessee’s average at $2.60. 

On Fourth of July, an estimated 39.7 million Americans will hit the road for vacation. Drivers will see a spike in gas prices within the next two days, but the increase won’t be enough to deter vacationers from traveling.

"Gas prices will inch higher before July 4, on renewed concerns of global oil supply shortages," AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. “Oil prices are back to multi-year highs. Another 5-10 cent increase at the pump would not be out of the question this week, but prices will not rocket high enough to ruin travel plans."

AAA shared fuel-saving tips to ensure motorists use every penny in gas sensibly on the road:

  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving wastes gas.
  • Observe the speed limit. Every five miles one drives over 50 mph is like paying an additional 19 cents per gallon for gasoline.
  • Lose the weight. An extra 100 pounds in a vehicle reduces miles per gallon by about 1 percent.
  • Use cruise control. Constant throttling at high speeds consumes gasoline much faster.
  • Avoid excess idling. Idling uses a quarter to a half a gallon of fuel per hour.
  • Inflate tires. Keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve gas mileage up to 3 percent.

    For more information and tips, visit GasPrices.AAA.com.

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