Why is gas so expensive in Maryland?

I drive from Delaware to Maryland for work, and I’ve noticed that gas is higher in Maryland. Why is Maryland’s gas so expensive?

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Answer provided by
Mary Alice Morris
Answered on Jul 08, 2022
Gas is so expensive in Maryland—and everywhere else—due to a combination of global factors.
Crude oil prices were already going up at a time of increased demand before Russia, which produces about 10% of the world’s oil, invaded Ukraine. That created supply issues and compelled the European Union to partially ban Russian oil imports, which is only driving the cost up higher.
However, Maryland also has a unique gas situation. The state passed a gas tax holiday earlier this year, but it has since expired and has not been renewed. Additionally, a gas tax increase went into effect on July 1, bringing the gas tax up from 36.1 to 42.7 cents per gallon.
Meanwhile, in Delaware, the gas tax is only 23 cents per gallon.
AAA has some tips that could help you save on fuel, no matter where you drive, including:
  • Keep up on your car’s maintenance, including regular oil changes and proper tire inflation.
  • Slow down and stay at or below the speed limit.
  • Go easy on the gas when you’re accelerating. A slow, gradual acceleration uses less fuel than a hard punch.
  • Use your cruise control settings on the highway.
  • If you’re coming up to a red light or stop sign, coast before braking.
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