As the price of crude oil lurks above $55, drivers could be in for a summer of costly fill-ups.
A barrel of crude oil was trading at $56.30 early Thursday afternoon, a spike from its mid-May price of about $47.
For the moment, however, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has been fairly flat. It was $2.14 Thursday morning, according to AAA of Hawthorne, Fla., up about one cent a gallon from Tuesday. Gasoline remains slightly cheaper than a month ago, when it was $2.16. It was $1.97 this time last year.
Motorists who use diesel fuel were paying $2.34 a gallon. A month ago it averaged $2.30. One year ago it was $1.79.
AAA surveys more than 60,000 self-serve gas stations daily and reports its findings on fuelguagereport.com.
GasPriceWatch.com says drivers in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, are paying the most for a gallon of gasoline at $2.72. Motorists are filling up with the cheapest fuel in Blacksburg, S.C., paying $1.85.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to report more than 55,000 prices.