Chattanooga gas prices fell 5.7 cents a gallon last week after the traditionally busy Labor Day weekend ended and the threat from Hurricane Laura on the Gulf Coast faded ahead of the incoming next storm, Hurricane Sally.
The average price of a regular gallon of gasoline in Chattanooga began this week at $1.83 a gallon, or 34 cents a gallon below the U.S. average.
According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Chattanooga is priced at $1.69 per gallon, while the lowest in all of Tennessee as $1.64 a gallon in Murfreesboro and Jackson.
"Oil prices have hit a rough patch on renewed concerns about the economy and falling demand, leaving motorists the beneficiaries for the next few weeks," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "No one should be in a rush to fill up as prices will likely continue to trend lower, especially as the summer gasoline requirement ends on Tuesday, ushering in cheaper to produce winter gasoline and a return to less fragmentation in supply since winter gasoline is common nearly coast-to-coast, making it less of a headache to produce fuel since it can be used universally."
Megan Cooper, a spokesperson for AAA - The Auto Club Group, said fuel prices remain weak for now.
"We have not seen much of an impact on gasoline prices ahead of the storm thus far, but that could change this week depending on the severity of the storm," she said. "Some price fluctuation is typical any time a storm threatens the Gulf Coast region, however, any pump price impacts will likely be contained in the region and not have a national impact."