Since the phased reopening began last week, gasoline demand has improved to only 40 percent below year-ago levels.
Florida gas prices are leveling off, after plunging for 10 consecutive weeks. The 76-day streak of declines came to an end last week, as Floridians returned to the road, driving up demand for fuel.
Gas prices dropped a total of 66 cents per gallon since February, when the coronavirus outbreak caused Floridians to stay home to stop the spread. The driving force behind plunging pump prices was low gasoline demand, which sank as much as 75 percent below normal levels during the lockdown. Since the phased reopening began last week, gasoline demand has improved to only 40 percent below year-ago levels.
“The plunge at the pump appears to be over now that Floridians are driving more often,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The rising demand has restored optimism in the fuel market, causing higher crude oil and gasoline prices. Wholesale gasoline prices also increased last week, but not yet to a level that demands retailers to raise their rates.”
Crude oil prices hit 4-week highs last week. Friday’s closing price for WTI of $24.74 per barrel is 25 percent higher than the week before. Wholesale gasoline prices also increased by 25 percent, reaching their highest daily settlement in nearly two months.
Florida drivers are paying an average price of $1.76 per gallon. The state average is the same as a week ago, 20 cents less than last month, and nearly $1 per gallon less than last year.
Top 10 lowest gas prices in Seminole County
At the time of this article publication, the following 10 Apopka gas stations have the lowest price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline:
Lowest priced gas stations
Costco: $1.59 741 Orange Ave., Altamonte Springs
Walmart: $1.61 106 Balmy Beach Dr., Apopka
7-Eleven: $1.62 3830 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka
The following three gas stations are $1.65
Citgo 1200 FL-436, Altamonte Springs
Citgo 3802 S. Orlando Ave., Sanford
Wawa 4256 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
Sunoco: $1.66 1395 E. Semoran Blvd., Altamonte Springs
The following three gas stations are at $1.67
Chevron 4300 N. Alafaya Trail, Oviedo
7-Eleven 401 W FL-436, Altamonte Springs
Wawa 1020 W. Mitchell Hammock Rd., Oviedo