Regular-unleaded gasoline in Bartow and Paulding averaged similar prices which were below the state and national averages heading into the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

And northwest Georgia as a whole saw the lowest prices in Georgia, according to a survey by AAA-The Auto Club Group.

Paulding gas stations averaged $2.365 per gallon per gallon of regular-unleaded and Bartow averaged $2.367 Dec. 23.

Regular unleaded gas prices averaged $2.382 per gallon in Georgia and $2.548 nationwide, according to AAA.

Georgia average prices for other grades of gas were $2.691 for mid-grade, $2.988 for premium and $2.908 for diesel.

The least expensive Georgia regional markets for regular-unleaded were in northwest Georgia in Dalton ($2.29), Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.30), and Rome ($2.31).

The most expensive metro markets for regular-unleaded were found in south and southeast Georgia in Savannah ($2.45), Brunswick-Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.43), and Valdosta ($2.42), according to the survey.

The statewide average for regular-unleaded Dec. 23 was 1 cent less than a week ago, 4 cents less than the previous month, and 24 cents more than this time last year, a news release stated

It cost $35.70 to fill a 15-gallon tank — $6.90 less than what motorists paid in May 2018 when pump prices hit their peak of $2.84 per gallon, said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman for AAA–The Auto Club Group.

“As stocks continue to grow, while demand remains robust, pump prices across the nation are likely to hold steady or drop through the week,” Waiters said. “While that will offer savings to motorists, it is not as much as they saw last December.”

She said gas prices are higher this year compared to 2018 in part due to higher crude oil prices this winter over last.

Waiters said the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported total domestic gasoline stocks increased for the sixth consecutive week.

Stocks increased by 2.5 million barrels last week, bringing the total to 237.3 million barrels. Last week’s gas demand hit 9.411 million barrels — up from last year’s 9.243 million barrels at this time, the release stated.

The national average price for regular-unleaded gasoline is $2.54 per gallon, which is 1 cent less than Dec. 16, 5 cents less than November, and 21 cents more than last year.

The Auto Club Group is the second largest AAA club in North America and serves more than 9.9 million members in Georgia and 10 other states with membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings.

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. It surveys 130,000 stations based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express.

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