DETROIT -- With the price of a barrel of crude oil above $59 on Tuesday morning, it's likely motorists will see gasoline and diesel prices rising soon.
Crude oil prices have flirted with the $60 mark over the past several days, driven by continuing strong demand for gasoline and diesel.
The last time crude oil prices were in this territory, in early April, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline hit a record high of $2.28 a gallon, according to AAA.
Today, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline stands at $2.15, says AAA of Hawthorne, Fla. That's up 1 cent a gallon from five days ago, and up only 2 cents a gallon from the price one month ago. One year ago, the average price was $1.95 a gallon.
Drivers of diesel-powered vehicles are paying an average of $2.35 a gallon, AAA says. That's up 8 cents a gallon from one month ago, and up 56 cents a gallon from a year ago.
AAA surveys more than 60,000 self-serve gasoline stations daily and reports its findings on www.fuelgaugereport.com
The local spotters who report to GasPriceWatch.com say that the most expensive gasoline in the nation is in Kihei, Hawaii, at $2.78 a gallon. The cheapest gasoline can be found in Blacksburg, S.C., at $1.91 a gallon.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to report more than 55,000 prices.
|National Unleaded Average|
|Month Ago Avg.||$2.13||$2.27||$2.35||$2.28|
|Year Ago Avg.||$1.95||$2.07||$2.14||$1.79|
|*Prices are in US dollars per gallon|
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