Gas prices hold steady despite surge in demand for domestic gasoline: AAA

Approaching summer, motorists wallets may get some relief at the pump.

The national average price for a gallon of gas decreased to $3.56 for the week ending June 8, according to the latest gas prices report by AAA. That marked a decline of just a penny from last week. 

However, gasoline demand has spiked to a new high. In fact, domestic gasoline demand reached more than 9 million barrels a day for the third straight week, AAA said.

"Yet despite the robust numbers, pump prices barely budged as the low cost of oil is countering a spike for now," AAA said in its report. 

Last week, gas demand increased from 9.1 to 9.22 million barrels a day, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). At the same time, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2.7 million barrels to 218.8 million barrels. 

"Although gas demand increased, increasing stocks and fluctuating oil prices have contributed to limiting increases," AAA said in its report. 

As warmer weather approaches, motorists may get some relief at the pump. 

"It appears that our seasonal surge in driving may be kicking off a bit before the official start of summer," Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said in a statement. "But the low cost for oil appears to mitigate any increases at the pump, which is good news for drivers."

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National gas price changes at a glance

While the national average for a gallon of gas changed slightly from the previous week, some areas saw sharper movements. 

Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the most significant changes in their average gas prices, according to AAA’s analysis.

  • Ohio (+13 cents)
  • Arizona (−13 cents)
  • Indiana (+9 cents)
  • Idaho (+8 cents)
  • Florida (−8 cents)
  • Delaware (−6 cents)
  • Oregon (+5 cents)
  • Michigan (+5 cents)
  • Wyoming (+5 cents)
  • Maryland (−5 cents)

Meanwhile, these were the country’s top 10 most expensive markets for the week.

  • California ($4.87)
  • Hawaii ($4.74)
  • Washington ($4.74)
  • Arizona ($4.35)
  • Oregon ($4.33)
  • Nevada ($4.26)
  • Utah ($4.11)
  • Alaska ($3.97)
  • Idaho ($3.95)
  • Illinois ($3.92)

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Shopping for cheaper auto insurance reaches new high 

Regardless of gas prices, one factor that can increase your driving costs is the price of auto insurance. In fact, auto insurance costs increased by 14.5% in February, according to J.D. Power's latest Quarterly Shopping List Report.

This surge may have fueled a spark in auto insurance shopping. Specifically, the 30-day average shopping rate reached 13.1% in March, J.D. Power said. That’s the highest rate since June 2021 and significantly higher than the 2021 average of 11.4%. 

And out of consumers shopping for reasons of price, 42% said they’re doing so because their rates increased. Moreover, 41% of those shopping for new policies due to rate hikes said their rates increased 20% or more.

"Auto insurance customers are starting to shop for insurance as they shop for gas," Stephen Crewdson, J.D. Power Insurance Intelligence senior director, said in a statement. "They are taking a much more active stance in seeking out plans that fit their needs and their budgets, which could have a serious long-term effect on carriers that have been working for years to build lifetime value through bundling and other initiatives."

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