There is no denying gas prices are high right now, the highest they’ve been since 2014. And while many of us are kicking ourselves for not getting hybrids and not being rich enough for a Tesla, there are still some places to get cheap(er) gas around Cincinnati.
According to a post on GasBuddy, a Speedway on US-42 in Union Kentucky is charging $2.71 a gallon for regular, and if you need premium, run out to Sam’s Club on Clepper Lane for $3 a gallon. Prices are constantly changing, so be sure to check before you go out the door and don’t blame me or Joe Biden if they’re different. (Hamilton County also has a tab on its website where it monitors lowest gas prices.)
The average gas price for today for Cincinnatians is $3.25/gal, according to auto association AAA, slightly below the national average of $3.29, the highest it’s been since 2014.
Ohio on average is doing minimally better than the Queen City at $3.23/gal. Although the pandemic significantly affects this number, just one year ago, Ohio gas prices averaged at $2.05/gal; a whole dollar difference can mean a lot at the pump.
The highest recorded average in Ohio was $4.159 per gallon of regular unleaded gas on May 4, 2011, AAA says.
As CityBeat reported in May, gas prices have been on the rise for several months, thanks in part to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the nation, and vaccinated people returning to the workplace or traveling and outpacing supplies.
CNN reported that we may be feeling extra aware of the rising prices compared to the drop in fuel cost during the early days of COVID. As most people in the world stopped moving and travel was forbidden in 2020, oil prices plummeted to negative $40 a barrel and have since risen to $80 a barrel. CNN says that is the highest oil prices have been in seven years.
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