Temperatures are rising, and so are gas prices.
The good news — if you want to be optimistic — is that the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is more than a dime cheaper than it was a year ago. But compared to a month ago, consumers are shelling out at least 6 cents more at the pump — a total of $3.59 per gallon. In fact, the last few days have added up to the largest weekly increase since February.
Why? Well, Fox Business News reports that:
“Higher crude oil prices are driving up the price of retail gasoline, especially in the Midcontinent and West Coast regions where tight supplies and refinery maintenance are putting additional upward pressure on gas prices.”
This is evident by the glaring red one the left-hand side of the map. While California is used to having gas prices above $4 thanks to tight regulations, Washington and Oregon don’t usually fall into the highest price slot.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that southern states still remain the cheapest. In fact, Tennessee and South Carolina were the cheapest two locales a month ago as well, and their prices have actually moved downward during the past four weeks.
Below is a state-by-state roster of average gas prices from AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, listed from most to least expensive:
|Illinois||$3.976||South Dakota||$3.617||New Hampshire||$3.450|
|Minnesota||$3.853||Rhode Island||$3.585||North Carolina||$3.424|
|New York||$3.729||New Mexico||$3.519||Alabama||$3.285|