While fuel pump prices continue to climb, the price of crude oil has slipped from record highs in recent weeks, signaling some relief for consumers in the future.
The average price for regular unleaded stayed above the $3-a-gallon mark breached on Tuesday, July 25, and was selling for $3.01 a gallon on Friday, according to AAA, of Hawthorne, Fla. The average price remains close to the record high of $3.06 a gallon set on Sept. 6 last year.
One month ago, regular unleaded was selling for an average of $2.86 a gallon.
Midgrade and premium fuel prices also rose on Friday. Midgrade sold for an average of $3.20 a gallon, 2 cents higher than three days earlier. Premium gasoline was averaging $3.31 a gallon, 1 cent higher than earlier in the week.
Diesel fuel followed the upward trend, selling for an average of $3.03 a gallon on Friday, 2 cents higher than three days ago.
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.
A barrel of crude oil was trading at $74.03 Friday morning.
While the national average price of gasoline climbs, spotters on GasPriceWatch.com haven't seen much change in national high and low pump prices in recent weeks.
In Coronado, Calif., a filling station charged $3.69 for a gallon of regular unleaded -- the highest price found in the nation. In Evanston, Wyo., drivers could find gasoline being sold for $2.69 a gallon -- the lowest price found in the nation.
GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to watch gasoline prices nationwide. More than 416,000 prices have been listed this week.
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