Drivers on average are paying more at the pump Friday than last week. But crude oil prices have dropped 59 cents a barrel since last Friday, June 2, promising some future relief.
The average price of regular unleaded gasoline nationwide was $2.90 a gallon Friday, up 5 cents from June 2, according to AAA, of Hawthorne, Fla. Meanwhile, crude oil was trading at $70.81 a barrel Friday morning.
The prices of midgrade and premium gasoline also were up 5 cents from last week. Midgrade sold for an average of $3.08 a gallon nationwide Friday, while premium sold for $3.19.
Diesel fuel was up 5 cents from June 2, selling for $2.96 a gallon.
AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report gathers data from as many as 85,000 filling stations nationwide and posts its findings on www.fuelgaugereport.com.
In Coronado, Calif., drivers can expect to pay well beyond the average -- $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. This was the highest price in the nation, according to GasPriceWatch.com.
On the East Coast, drivers in Clinton, S.C., were paying $2. 47, the lowest price on the Web site.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to watch gasoline prices nationwide. More than 387,000 prices have been listed this week.
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