Lines and lines of cars swarming Sheetz were not on my Independence Day bingo card this year, but deals like this would be crazy to miss. Car owners got an incredible treat this Fourth of July, as Sheetz establishments throughout participating states (Sheetz has almost 700 facilities across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) reduced gas prices over two to three dollars (depending on where you reside) to celebrate the holiday.
The price per gallon was lowered to an unprecedented $1.776 to commemorate the year America became independent (1776). These prices did not just go towards regular fuel, it applied to all grades – even premium! Drivers swarmed the gas stations as morning bled to day, bled to evening, bled to night. Roads became congested on all sides as those looking to snag the deal joined the lengthy queues to get to the pumps.
Looking at the math, and subsequently the savings, it is fairly obvious why people would choose to spend this holiday at Sheetz. The national gas average for regular fuel is around $3.57 as of early July 2023. Seeing as how small cars hold around twelve gallons of gas, while larger cars hold fifteen, it is clear why people made the trip. Given a gallon of regular fuel costs around $3.57, a person filling their whole tank would spend ~$42.84 (for a 12-gallon vehicle) or ~$53.55 (for a fifteen-gallon vehicle). However, on this Fourth of July people are paying ~$21.31 (for 12 gallons) or ~$26.64 (for fifteen gallons). That is over a fifty percent mark-down, and that is just for regular fuel! The average cost for premium fuel is around $4.41, meaning that drivers filling their vehicles with this grade are saving close to sixty percent per gallon.
The last time gas prices were even close to these prices were during 2016 and 2020. For these fiscal years, plunging crude oil prices and vehicle travel substantially dropping as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and suggestions to stay at home and isolate, caused the price per gallon to lower, respectively.
Drivers throughout the US are hoping this becomes an annual occurrence (me included!).
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