RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - Average gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 5.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.09/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 3,821 stations in Tennessee. Prices in Tennessee are 9.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 140.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.
Nearby Williamson County continues to have the highest average price of fuel in the state at $3.40 per gallon, while Greene County in East Tennessee has the lowest priced fuel at $2.92 per gallon.
DIESEL: AAA reports in Tennessee, diesel was averaging $3.61 per gallon on Monday morning at 7. Last week, diesel was priced 2-cents cheaper at $3.59. One month ago, the price of diesel in the Volunteer State was averaging $3.67 per gallon, which is 6-cents higher than todays average price. The highest recent price of diesel was recorded last year on June 15, 2022. Then, it was averaging $5.64 per gallon.
June 26, 2022: $4.49/g (U.S. Average: $4.88/g)
June 26, 2021: $2.81/g (U.S. Average: $3.09/g)
June 26, 2020: $1.92/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
June 26, 2019: $2.37/g (U.S. Average: $2.69/g)
June 26, 2018: $2.57/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
June 26, 2017: $1.99/g (U.S. Average: $2.25/g)
June 26, 2016: $2.09/g (U.S. Average: $2.31/g)
June 26, 2015: $2.55/g (U.S. Average: $2.78/g)
June 26, 2014: $3.47/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g)
June 26, 2013: $3.31/g (U.S. Average: $3.54/g)
Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
- Chattanooga- $3.00/g, down 8.0 cents per gallon from last week's $3.08/g.
- Nashville- $3.16/g, down 9.7 cents per gallon from last week's $3.26/g.
- Huntsville- $3.12/g, down 3.1 cents per gallon from last week's $3.15/g.
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More News: Number of Tennesseans traveling by car and air over the holiday projected to be highest on record
July 4, 2023 Report: Tennesseans will travel in record numbers for Independence Day. AAA forecasts more than one million Tennesseans will take at least one trip of 50 miles or more, between Friday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 4. That’s 42,000 more holiday travelers than the previous record high, set last year.
Nationally, travel figures are also expected to set new records. An estimated 50.7 million Americans are forecast to travel for the holiday weekend. That’s nearly 2.1 million more travelers than last year’s holiday and almost 1.8 million more than the previous high, set back in 2019.
“Independence Day weekend appears to be the continuation of what has already been a very strong summer travel season,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although airfares and hotel rates are more expensive than last year, Tennesseans are still eager to travel. So, expect to see congested roads, busy hotels, and long lines at airports and attractions.”
Road Trips Remain the Preferred Mode of Transportation - Nearly 85% of all travelers will take a road trip. AAA predicts 43.2 million Americans will drive to their destinations. That’s a little over 1 million more people on the road than last year. In Tennessee, more than 968,000 are forecast to take a holiday road trip. That’s 27,000 more than last year.
Gas Prices to Remain Lower Than Last Year’s Holiday - While it’s still too early to know exactly what drivers will pay at the pump this Independence Day, it’s likely to be well below what drivers paid during last year’s holiday period. The Tennessee state gas price average was $4.42 per gallon on July 4th, 2022.
"Drivers have experienced quite a bit of volatility at the pump so far this year, but thankfully lower crude oil prices have helped to keep pricing relatively steady over the last few weeks," said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman for AAA - The Auto Club Group. "As we head toward the holiday weekend, gas price fluctuation is likely, but unless any major changes occur in the gas price market drivers should see prices well below what they saw at this time last year." Sunday’s state gas price average of $3.12 is $1.30 cheaper than last July 4th.
419,000 more Americans will board a flight - A record-setting 4.17 million Americans will fly to their destinations this Independence Day weekend. That surpasses the previous July 4th weekend air travel record of 3.91 million travelers, which was set in 2019. The share of air travelers in the overall holiday forecast this year is an impressive 8.2% - the highest percentage in nearly 20 years.
An estimated 50,000 Tennesseans are forecast to fly this year. That’s about 200 more than the previous high, which was set in 2001, and nearly 5,000 more than last year’s holiday.
Other modes of transportation are also on the rise this year. AAA expects 3.36 million people will travel by bus, cruise, or train over the long weekend, an increase of 24% over last year. This national figure is not expected to surpass 2019 levels. However, the projected 54,000 Tennesseans is expected to surpass 2019 levels and reach the second highest travel volume since 2001.
Best/Worst Times to Travel by Car - Friday, June 30 is expected to be the busiest day on the roads during the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to INRIX, a provider of transportation data and insights. The worst travel times vary by day, but are generally in the afternoon and early evening.
Average travel times are estimated to be 30% longer than normal, particularly in major metro areas, near beaches and attractions. To avoid the heaviest congestion, INRIX recommends drivers leave in the morning or after 6 p.m.