Average gasoline prices at pumps across the country today are up 5 cents a gallon from Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Drivers are paying an average of $2.81 a gallon for regular unleaded, $2.98 a gallon for midgrade and $3.09 a gallon for premium, according to AAA, of Heathrow, Fla.
Diesel fuel and E85 ethanol prices also rose from Tuesday. Diesel gained 4 cents to $3.13 a gallon and E85 gained 6 cents to $2.29 a gallon. The adjusted price for E85 reached an average of $3.02 a gallon because of E85's lower energy content compared with gasoline.
AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report provides national average fuel prices based on data from as many as 85,000 filling stations nationwide.
Today's higher pump prices follow a rise in crude oil prices in recent weeks, capped by a record of more than $90 a barrel on Thursday, Oct. 18. After hitting a peak, crude oil futures have eased, dropping to $88.67 a barrel in trading this morning.
Drivers in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, are seeing the nation's highest prices at the pump, with regular unleaded gasoline costing $3.69 a gallon. Matawan, N.J. drivers are seeing the national low at $2.39 a gallon, according to www.GasPriceWatch.com.
The Web site relies on volunteers to report gasoline prices at pumps nationwide.