Fuel-tide Cheer Spreads among Arizona Drivers

Santa delivers lowest gas prices of 2012


Phoenix, Dec. 20, 2012. ’Twas the night before Christmas and all gas stations were aglow, as the cost of pump prices fell to a 22-month low. In fact, this week, Arizona’s average fuel price fell almost 11 cents to $3.110 per gallon, while the national average dipped more than 8 cents to $3.219 per gallon.

“After falling two consecutive months, Arizona drivers will end 2012 paying the lowest gas prices of the year,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “This is a gift to the 1.6 million Arizonans expected to take a year-end road trip, and will likely influence last-minute, spontaneous holiday travel decisions as well.”


Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $2.905 and $3.465 per gallon, respectively. Missouri and New York hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $2.967 and $3.736 per gallon, respectively.



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As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

  • Fuel Price Finder (AAA.com/fuelfinder) locates the lowest fuel price in your area.


  • AAA Gas Price Alerts (AAA.com/gasalerts) offers users weekly fuel price text alerts.


  • AAA Mobile (AAA.com/mobile) provides directions and plots fuel prices along your travel route.


  • AAA's Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card (AAA.com/financial/AAAvisa.htm) accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.