Average retail gasoline prices are lowest in states in the South and Southeast.
"Motorist have been spoiled the past few years with inexpensive gas prices", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. But 2014 also saw prices almost a dollar more expensive than they are now and a quick drop by the end of the year.
On April 30, it hit $2.81, the highest price per gallon since November 2014.
Concerns that President Donald Trump is about to impose new sanctions on Iran have sent oil prices climbing, and gas prices are coming along for the ride.
No matter who owns the station, gas prices are ultimately determined by four sets of costs: crude oil, taxes, refining costs and distribution and marketing. And in San Francisco where the average is the highest in the state at $3.71, you might have already paid more than $4 at a pricier station.
Compare that to the national average of $2.81/gallon, which is up more than 15 cents over the past month.
"Motorists have been spoiled the past few years with inexpensive gas prices", said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. This makes our local area one of the most expressive metro areas for gasoline in North Carolina, with Asheville coming close depending on different days.
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The price of gas is encroaching on a three-year high and is expected to pass it in the weeks ahead.
DeHaan says the price rise is squarely on the worldwide price of oil.
Globally, there are also several impacts on the oil market.
GasBuddy reports there's been a 20% decline in US oil inventories.
A big issue this year: OPEC is cutting oil production, leaving gas supplies lower than in the past.
That has amplified the typical increase in gas prices seen this time of year.
But Kloza said that once prices reach their peak, he expects about 20 states will have average prices of greater than $3.