Jefferson City, Mo. – After nearly three months of steady declines, gas prices across Missouri are on the rise again.
According to the American Automobile Association, the average price of gas in Missouri is currently $3.38 per gallon. The average price was up 5 cents from last week, marking the state’s first increase since June 2022. However, Misui is generally cheaper than 37 other US states.
In Missouri’s capital area, drivers in Jefferson City are paying the most on average at $3.61 per gallon, while drivers in Cape Girardeau are paying the least at $3.12 per gallon. In the St. Louis metropolitan area, drivers fill up for about $3.25 per gallon.
AAA says the annual shift from summer-blend gasoline to winter-blend gasoline in the Midwest may be partly responsible for the increase.
“With continued volatility in global oil and gas markets, it’s no surprise that the switch will affect pump prices this year,” AAA spokesman Nick Chabaria said. “The good news for drivers is that price jumps are not expected to be a trend.”
AAA recommends the following steps to improve fuel economy and save more at the pump:
- Slow down and drive. Higher speeds cause more air drag.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard acceleration.
- Use cruise control on the highway to maintain a constant speed and save fuel.
- Reduce your use of air conditioning.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
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