Crude oil rates have dropped slightly from recent highs, but consumers are still feeling the effect of the price spike at the fuel pumps.
The average price of regular unleaded gasoline nationwide was $2.98 a gallon on Tuesday, up 2 cents from Friday, July 14, according to AAA, of Hawthorne, Fla.
One month ago, regular unleaded gasoline sold for an average of $2.87 a gallon.
Prices of midgrade and premium gasoline averages also were up 2 cents from four days ago. Midgrade was selling for an average of $3.16 a gallon, and premium was at an average of $3.27 a gallon.
Diesel fuel was just under the $3 mark, selling for an average of $2.99 a gallon on Tuesday.
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.
Crude oil prices were down slightly from last week, when they shattered records and exceeded $77 a barrel. On Tuesday morning crude oil was trading at $76.06 a barrel.
Drivers in Needles, Calif., saw the highest price for regular unleaded gasoline in the nation at $3.79 a gallon at one station. On the other hand, drivers in Sumter, S.C., could find a station selling regular unleaded for $2.60 a gallon, the lowest price found in the nation.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to watch gasoline prices nationwide. More than 414,000 prices have been listed this week.
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