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Gas prices continue upward trend; lowest July 4 prices since 2017

The Tennessee gas price average jumped 6 cents this week following a steady week of slow increases. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.95 which is 24 cents more than one month ago and nearly 47 cents less than one year ago. Gas price average in Manchester is about $1.99 per gallon of regular unleaded.

“The increase in gasoline demand contributed towards the state average’s six cent jump to $1.95. That average may continue to increase ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend, however, travelers could find pump prices nearly 50 cents cheaper than last year’s holiday,” said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Quick Facts

· 90% of Tennessee gas stations still have prices below $2.00
· The lowest 10% of pump prices are $1.77 for regular unleaded
· The highest 10% of pump prices are $2.19 for regular unleaded

Summer Travel Outlook + Independence Day Gas Prices

AAA did not release an Independence Day holiday travel forecast this year, but does forecast that Americans will take 683 million road trips from July 1 – September 30. Before you hit the road for the holiday or a summer trip, AAA recommends:

· Make sure your vehicle is road trip ready – have your engine and oil levels checked.
· Include an emergency road kit in your vehicle with an extra cell phone charger, first-aid kit, a blanket, flashlight, basic tools, jumper cables, and gloves.
· Visit AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map for the latest state and local travel restrictions.
· Pack face coverings, cleaning supplies and a thermometer.
· Take all necessary travel documentation, including health insurance cards.

Historical Tennessee Independence Day Gas Prices

(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline)

· 2019 – $2.46
· 2018 – $2.61
· 2017 – $1.99
· 2016 – $2.06
· 2015 – $2.53