Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Gas prices could drop 9 percent by end of year

While the summer tourist season is decidedly over, plenty of RVers are still on the road. Snowbirds heading for warmer destinations may be concerned about the price of road fuel. Fuel industry analyst GasBuddy may have some good news. Gas prices could drop 9% by the end of December.

Gas prices could drop—counterintuitive

It seems counterintuitive if you’ve been following the price of crude oil. But hold on, last Friday gas prices across the country were down 8% from the September peak, to an average of $3.558—so says AAA. They reckon that accounts for $5 less per the average car fill-up.

What accounts for this crude-up, gas-down conundrum? Insider.com interviewed GasBuddy’s chief petro analyst, Patrick De Haan, to find out.

Essentially, De Haan says crude prices aren’t the only factor in how much drivers pay at the pump. He points out crude oil accounts for only about 55%-60% of the cost of gasoline. Demand factors in a big way, and as ambient temperatures go down, so does the amount of driving by Americans.

Result? He predicts this: “I do think that we’re going to make a run at prices that are in the low $3–range by the end of the year,” he said, citing a ballpark estimate of $3.25–$3.35 a gallon that represents a drop of up to 9% from current levels.

Crystal ball gazing

Of course, crystal ball gazing can become a bit murky when splashed with other oil market factors. Should the current Mideast conflict escalate, prices could go up. On the other hand, there are new oil refineries set to come online in Nigeria and Mexico. Their output could pump more finished product into the American pipeline, offsetting other price increases.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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StephenP (@guest_258815)
29 days ago

There IS an election coming up so I EXPECT prices to drop a little…..Particularly since the party in power caused them to double 😉

Cancelproof (@guest_258558)
30 days ago

That’s great news. It will only cost me $700.00 to fill up instead of the $760.00 that I have forking out the past couple of years Woohoooooo. Hooray for $700.00 fill ups. Woohoooo.

Last edited 30 days ago by Cancelproof
TangoChuck (@guest_258436)
30 days ago

Oh great….that means here in Washington, I’ll only be paying $5.00 for a gallon of diesel😤. But at least I’m scratching the Governor’s itch for more and more taxes…

Tommy Molnar (@guest_258383)
1 month ago

Compare today’s prices to those at the beginning of 2020.

Warren G (@guest_258420)
30 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yes. Demand dropped 40% due to less driving because of COVID. And Russia and Saudi Arabia were having a price war.

Cancelproof (@guest_258552)
30 days ago
Reply to  Warren G

How about the end of 2019? You know that period, right? Back when we were net exporters of oil.

Bob P (@guest_258359)
1 month ago

If the {bleeped} in charge lifted the ban on drilling it would drastically reduce and it wouldn’t matter if new refineries came on line or not.

don (@guest_258532)
30 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

So very true, hopefully change is in our future. Drill baby drill, as stated by a true patriot.

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