What are gas prices in the US and each state? Today 30 June 2022
Gas prices continue to drop from their high-water mark after topping $5 on average nationally providing some relief to motorists before the holiday weekend.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend kicks off on Friday when an expected 42 million people will hit the road to travel to festivities. Despite gas prices being two dollars higher on average than they were before the pandemic, more Americans are choosing to drive to their destination than in 2019.
“Earlier this year, we started seeing the demand for travel increase and it’s not tapering off,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel. “People are ready for a break and despite things costing more, they are finding ways to still take that much needed vacation.”
To help drivers save a dollar or two at the pump, experts are offering tips to find the cheapest gas while traveling. “It’s usually best not use the stations right along the interstate,” said Ellen Edmonds, manager of AAA public relations, when speaking to CNN Travel. Instead, “drive a few miles drive down the road. Look for residential areas or remote rural areas.”
Thanks to the AAA Gas Prices website, which is a public service of the United States of America’s largest motoring and leisure travel membership organization, the following price information is made available. Every day up to 120,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with WEX Inc for unmatched statistical reliability.
Date: Thursday 30 June 2022
Today’s national average: $4.857
Selected states’ daily average
New York $4.931
Gas cost calculator
The AAA website includes a useful gas cost calculator to help Americans work out how much their trip is likely to cost. Just enter your starting location plus two, or three, destinations as well as car model details.
In which states is gas most expensive?
The five states with the highest average regular gas prices today are:
In which states is gas least expensive?
The five states for the lowest average regular gas prices today are:
South Carolina $4.375
Will there be a tax break for motorists to reduce the cost of gas?
In recent months there have been numerous efforts to bring down the price of gasoline, both at a state and federal level.
States like New York have already suspended their gasoline tax to give drivers a discount, while others are offering a gas tax rebate to help with the inflated cost at the pump. California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature have reached a tentative deal for the state budget that would send 23 million residents a gas tax rebate potentially worth up to $350.
Nationally, President Biden called on Congress last week to implement a federal gas tax holiday for the next three months. But there has been no action on that proposal nor legislation introduced to deliver US taxpayers a federal gas tax rebate.
Inflation, a key component in the high price of gas, is a major concern and Biden has stated that it is currently his top domestic policy. It remains to be seen if he can bring down prices without risking the economy entering into a recession.