State average is $2.15/gallon ahead of Labor Day weekend; holiday weekend travelers likely to benefit

31 August 2020

DEARBORN, Mich., (August 31, 2020) - Gas prices in Michigan are down 3 cents compared to last week.  Michigan drivers are now paying an average price of $2.15 per gallon for regular unleaded. This price is just 1 cent more than this time last month but still 49 cents less than this time last year.

Michigan motorists are paying an average of $32.25 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline; a discount of more than $6 from when prices around this time last year.

In the new weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased from 8.63 million b/d to 9.16 million b/d – one of the highest recorded rates of the year. However, last week’s estimated rate is 739,000 b/d lower than the rate last year at this time. Moreover, total domestic gasoline supplies decreased by 4.6 million bbl last week to 239.2 million bbl, but the current level is 7.2 million bbl higher than the level at this time last year. 

“As demand jumps, so did pump prices, especially in areas along Hurricane Laura’s path,” said Howard Hughey, spokesperson, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “However, lower than usual demand and ample stock levels will contain any significant pump price increases to impacted areas. Our state, much like the rest of the country, should see minimal change.” 

Compared to last week, Metro Detroit’s average daily gas price stayed the same. Metro Detroit’s current average is $2.21 per gallon, 51 cents less than this time last year.

Click here to view AAA’s state and metro gas averages

  • Most expensive gas price averages: Marquette ($2.28), Metro Detroit ($2.21), Saginaw ($2.18) 
  • Least expensive gas price averages:  Lansing ($2.06), Traverse City ($2.08), Grand Rapids ($2.09)

 

Gas Price and Labor Day Travel

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused gas prices to be much lower than this time last year significantly impacting travel throughout 2020.  AAA’s summer forecast showed that Americans will take more than 700 million trips from July 1 – September 30. Car trips are accounting for 97% (683 million) of the favored mode of transportation.

 

As such, Labor Day travelers will likely benefit from much lower prices compared to last year as they fill up for road trips.  However, there are still a number of factors that could push prices higher for Labor Day weekend, such as expectation of strong demand and the forthcoming busiest month for hurricane season.  

Find Local Gas Prices

  • Daily national, state, and metro gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com 
  • Motorists can find the lowest gas prices on their smartphone or tablet with the free AAA Mobile app. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance.

Gas Price Survey Methodology
Every day up to 130,000 stations in the nation and more than 4,200 stations in Michigan are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline. 

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com.

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