Gas prices drop below $2 per gallon across Michigan amid COVID-19 pandemic

ROMULUS, MI- MAY 22: A customer puts gas in his car at a BP gas station where prices are well over $4 per gallon for gasoline near Detroit Metropolitan Airport May 22, 2008 in Romulus, Michigan. Steadily rising oil prices have driven U.S. gas costs to record highs. (WWMT/Bill Pugliano, Getty Images)

As Michiganders prepared for holiday travel, those who were driving saw lower prices at the pump.

As of Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, gas prices in Michigan had fallen to their lowest levels since early June, AAA spokesperson Adrienne Woodland said.

Michigan drivers were paying an average price of $2 per gallon for regular unleaded, which Woodland said was down 4 cents compared to the week before.

Woodland said the lower gas prices were largely accredited to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Typically in the fall months we see prices fall but for the year 2020, prices are really down compared to 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic," Woodland said. "Fewer people are traveling, so the demand is down. But as we get ready for holiday travel, we might see gas prices jump back up."

Woodland said as the nation got closer to a COVID-19 vaccine, drivers should expect to see gas prices increase.

According to a recent AAA survey, 78% of Michigan travelers were concerned about traveling during the 2020 holiday season, due to the pandemic. However, Woodland said confidence was improving. Almost 45% of Michigan residents said they were more comfortable traveling in November, compared to earlier in the year when the pandemic began.

AAA Travel Tips

  1. Review travel restrictions: Check AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map as well as CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker for the latest state and local travel restrictions.
  2. Plan your road trip: Plan your road trip and help determine which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels are open along your route.
  3. Prepare your vehicle: Make sure your vehicle is ready. Check tire pressure, fluids, engine.