Now just shy of $3 a gallon, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is closing in on the record high set last year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
On Sept. 5, 2005, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline peaked at $3.05 a gallon. On Tuesday, the average price was $2.97 a gallon, up 3 cents from Friday, July 7, according to AAA, of Hawthorne, Fla.
One month ago, regular unleaded was averaging $2.90 a gallon.
Both midgrade and premium gasoline were up 2 cents a gallon from Friday. Midgrade was selling for an average of $3.15 a gallon Tuesday, while premium was selling for $3.26.
Diesel fuel crept up to $2.99 a gallon, 1 cent higher than Friday.
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.
While crude oil prices dropped slightly from record highs last week, they remain well above $70 a barrel. Crude oil was trading at $73.98 a barrel Tuesday.
California drivers are feeling the biggest pricing pressures at the pump - especially in Barstow, where a station is charging $3.79 a gallon for regular gasoline, the highest price found in the country.
A station in Evanston, Wyo., was charging $2.59 a gallon, the lowest price in the country, according to GasPriceWatch.com.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to watch gasoline prices nationwide. More than 412,000 prices have been listed this week.
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