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Think gas is expensive in southern Utah and Nevada? Try Hawaii or California – St George News

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Gasoline prices seen at a Sinclair station on old Route 91, Cedar City, Utah, June 23, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, Cedar City News

CHARACTERISTIC – As summer draws to a close, many Americans are looking for that last epic road trip or vacation. Planning ahead will save you money in the long run. But can we expect pity for the tanks?

Hawaii has the most expensive gas in the United States on average, at $5.349 per gallon. For specialty gases such as mid, premium, and diesel fuels, you can expect to pay $5,558, $5,801, and $6,101 respectively. Finalists included California at $5,343, Nevada at $4,928, Alaska at $4,893, Oregon at $4,851, Washington at $4,798 and Idaho at $4,691.

Utah is not too far behind.

It’s home to some of America’s most incredible sights, but it’s also home to high gas prices. On average, a trip to the gas station will cost you $4,587 per gallon. If you’re looking for average quality, you can expect to pay $4,810 per gallon. Premium will set you back $5,011 while diesel costs $4,934 on average.

As restrictions eased across the country, Americans encountered a new adversary: ​​rising inflation. Soaring inflation associated with the war in Ukraine has caused gasoline prices to rise across the country, forcing many people to cancel or change their vacation plans. Avoiding states with more expensive gas is one step you can take to maximize your budget as you try to make one last trip this summer.

Why so different from state to state?

Stephen Arbogast, a professor at the University of North Carolina, offered some tips for better understanding the gas dilemma. Factors that affect gasoline prices include distance to refineries, competing supplies from imports, and the degree of competition with service stations.

Utah map by county shows fuel price range, August 30, 2022 | Courtesy of AAA Utah, St. George News

“Closer proximity lowers logistics costs and leads to lower prices in Texas and North Carolina compared to Colorado or Oregon,” Arbogast said.

Competing supplies keep prices low in New York but high in California, as that state has less access to Gulf Coast refineries. “Finally, markets with discount chain stores, like City and Jet, offer lower prices,” he added.

Click here for AAA’s State-by-State report on average gas prices. But for now, let’s dive into the states with the highest prices.

California

Known as much for its celebrity population as it is for its smog, California has some of the highest gas prices in the country. How much does gas cost in California?

On average, a trip to the gas station will cost you $5,343 per gallon. If you’re looking for average quality, you can expect to pay $5,553 per gallon. Premium will set you back $5,696, while diesel costs $6,229 on average.

Nevada

Home to Sin City and low taxes, visitors might be shocked to learn just how high gas prices are in Nevada. You might lose it at the pumps before you lose it at the slot machines, with the average gallon costing $4,928. The mid-range will cost $5,173 on average, while the premium and diesel will cost $5,382 and $5,166 respectively.

Alaska

The 49th state is no bargain when it comes to refueling. On average, you can expect to pay $4,895 per gallon for regular and $5,103 for midrange. If you’re in the premium and diesel market, it’ll cost you $5,300 and $5,399 per gallon.

Oregon

Home to one of the deepest lakes in the world – Crater Lake – Oregon is also home to one of the most expensive gas in the United States. When you fill up, you can expect to pay $4,851 on average. The mid price is currently priced at $5,056, while the premium is priced at $5,267. Diesel will cost you $5,705 per gallon.

Washington

Washington is home to quality apples and rabid sports fans. Unfortunately, their gas prices are also among the highest in the country.

On average, a trip to the gas station will cost you $4,798 per gallon. If you’re looking for average quality, you can expect to pay $5,038 per gallon. Premium will set you back $5,227 while diesel costs $5,635 on average.

Idaho

Their potatoes may be plentiful, but Idaho gas prices are high. On average, you can expect to pay $4,691 per gallon for regular and $4,928 for midrange. If you’re in the premium and diesel market, it’ll cost you $5,147 and $5,209 per gallon.

How to save more on gas

Dr Robert Scott, professor of economics, finance and real estate at Monmouth University, gave his thoughts on rising petrol prices and what ordinary Americans can do to save on the tank.

His first piece of advice: Drive fewer miles.

“It’s amazing how much less driving someone can do with a little thought about travel,” said Dr. Scott.

Saving miles will not only save you money at the pump, but also allow you to benefit from government incentives.

“The IRS just increased the reimbursed mileage rate to $0.625 per mile,” Dr. Scott said.

And what about converting all cars to hybrid or electric?

“There would be an initial benefit to the economy because many people would buy new cars,” he says, citing the Cash for Clunkers program in 2009.

While electric cars may be prohibitively expensive for some people, Dr. Scott is optimistic about a future with hybrid vehicles.

“Hybrids are a more efficient way to reduce gas consumption,” he says.

With gas prices high across the country, it might be time to consider investing in a hybrid vehicle to save money at the pump and protect the environment.

Written by JUSTIN McDEVITT, Wealth of Geeks Network, for The Associated Press

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