Drop In Gasoline Demand Means Cheaper Prices At The Pump

Apr 27, 2020

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Gas prices in Illinois have dropped significantly due to the coronavirus outbreak. The state’s current average is $1.79 per gallon, according to AAA.  GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan said the trend is being seen nationally.  

“The national average for gasoline stands at its lowest level since 2016, and will likely later this week be at its lowest level since 2008 -- a sign of the tumultuous times we live in where gasoline demand has been slashed by nearly in half,” said DeHaan.

Despite this drop in prices, DeHaan says some stations are still keeping prices much higher than their competitors. He recommends drivers shop around to find the best deal on gas in their region.