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Athens ranks second in the region in gas prices | City news

Athens ranks second in the region in gas prices | City news

According to the American Automobile Association, Athens, Georgia, has the second cheapest gas prices in the region, with an average price of $3.24 per gallon. This comes after Georgia’s gas prices rose slightly on average following the Fourth of July holiday.

Georgia residents are paying about $3.32 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. The average price in the state is one cent higher on Monday than it was during the same period last year. Filling up a 15-gallon tank of regular gasoline costs drivers an average of $49.80. That means Georgia residents are paying $1.20 more at the pump than they did a year ago.

“Fuel prices have increased slightly in anticipation of the Fourth of July celebrations,” Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman for AAA-The Auto Club Group, said in a press release. “The tropics are simmering, promising what could be a record-breaking hurricane season. We anticipate a potential rush at the pumps as a major hurricane hits the heart of our refineries and crude oil prices continue to rise.”

The AAA release showed that the most expensive markets in Georgia based on price per gallon are Savannah at $3.42, Hinesville-Fort Stewart at $3.35 and Atlanta at $3.34. However, the cheapest markets in Georgia based on price per gallon are Rome at $3.25, Athens at $3.24 and Catoosa-Dade-Walker at $3.19.

To save money, AAA recommends shopping around for gas prices, paying for gas with cash, and participating in fuel-saving programs.