Gas prices in Kansas continue to do well as we’re past Labor Day and the unofficial end of the summer driving season.
“We’re at $2.32 a gallon on average across Kansas,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “That’s down three cents from last week. If we look from a year ago, we’re down 34 cents a gallon. That’s a pretty substantial drop.”
Kansas is 25 cents less than the national average and 13th cheapest in the United States.
“During the summer, there is a special summer blend of gasoline that is required,” said Steward. “We’ve now passed that period. We’re back to sort of the standard blend of gasoline. That is actually a little bit cheaper to produce and a little bit cheaper price point at the pumps.”
It’s important to continue to watch the price of crude oil, though, as the raw material still makes up much of the gas price.
“We haven’t seen any kind of major increases in gas prices,” said Steward. “Actually, we’ve seen them decline. Another thing that we’ve talked about a lot is how weather can impact gas prices and, as you know, we have a major hurricane impacting the southeast U.S., or will be, over the next few days. The good news is, that’s not threatening any major oil and gas infrastructure.”
In fact, other than local impacts where Dorian gets close enough to land to change those conditions, the overall balance should stay roughly the same.