Winter is typically the time of year when we use the least amount of gas. Travel is down because people aren’t doing the amount of vacation travel that happens over the summer, meaning that gas consumption is down. Since demand is lower, this usually means that the winter sees the lowest gas prices of the year.
Not this year, so far!
I’ve noticed a trend that gas prices start climbing in advance of the summer season earlier and earlier each year. It used to be that prices would start rising in April and peak around Memorial Day, then level off and start sliding down a bit after the Fourth of July. The earlier part of those trends moved back a couple of weeks, and this year is no exception.