Where Can You Find The Cheapest Gas In The US?
Gas prices in the US are finally on their way down due to decreased demand. In the past week, the national average price dropped by .18 cents per gallon. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in the US is now down to $4.49 per gallon. However, even with declining gas prices, most RVers will want to know where they can find the cheapest gas in the US.
Why did gas prices skyrocket?
Before we get into the states with the lowest gas prices, let’s have a quick look at why gas prices are declining these days. In 2020, pandemic-related travel restrictions caused historic decreased demand for gasoline. Oil and gas companies shut down some of their refineries in response to the decreased demand for their products. The companies also had difficulties finding workers to keep the plants in operation.
By 2021, people were beginning to travel again, which increased the demand for gasoline but not by any notable levels. Prices were still lower than they were in 2011. For comparison: In March 2011, the average cost for gas was $3.61. In March 2021, the price was $2.89. For more information about historic gas prices, check out the Energy Information Commission’s website here.
By February 2022, oil and gas companies still hadn’t reopened the refineries that were closed in 2020. In the meantime, many people started to travel again. The increased demand for gas at a time when supply was low helped drive to drive up fuel prices. And then Russia attacked Ukraine. The invasion brought uncertainty about world oil supplies, and prices soon went through the roof.
Why are gas prices dropping so fast?
“The cure for high prices is high prices” is a saying that applies here. When gas prices rise to an unbearable level, consumers stop buying it. Consumers have been cutting back on trips, staying closer to home, and finding other ways to reduce spending on gas. The decreased demand for gas causes its price to drop.
A recent factor in falling gas prices was last week’s agreement between OPEC partners (including the USA) to increase oil production. The move is part of a plan to reduce the cost of crude oil and ultimately the cost of gas.
States With The Cheapest Gas In The US
There is no doubt that right now the best states to save money on gas are in the South. From Texas to North Carolina, gas prices range between $3.99 to $4.21 per gallon. Here are the rounded-up prices in each of these states:
- South Carolina: $3.99
- Georgia: $4.01
- Mississippi: $4.02
- Texas: $4.03
- Louisiana: $4.06
- Alabama: $4.07
- Tennessee: $4.08
- Arkansas: $4.09
- North Carolina: $4.15
- Kentucky: $4.16
- Oklahoma: $4.20
How to save money on gas while RVing
Gas prices are still not anywhere near what we’re used to paying. Even if you are in one of the Southern States with the cheapest gas prices, there are always ways to decrease the cost of driving an RV.
Here are some great tips to help reduce your gas costs.
- Plan amazing local RV camping trips using RV LIFE Pro.
- Use the Gas Buddy App to compare gas prices wherever you go.
- Join a club: Escapees and AAA are examples of clubs that can get you discounts on gas.
- Get a gas card: Pilot and Flying J Truck Stops offer fuel savings with their gas card.
- Ease off the gas pedal. Going slower will help you to save money.
- Where possible, reduce the use of vehicle air conditioning while driving.
Eliminate RV fuel anxiety by planning every fuel stop in advance, before your RV trip begins. By using RV LIFE Trip Wizard to plan your trips in detail, you’ll know exactly when and where you will need fuel for your RV or truck. You can also vet those fuel stops with satellite and street view to make sure you can get in and out safely, and back on the road.