Prices spiked 7 cents last week from the week before, and have climbed 27 cents since the end of March.
At a Cumberland Farms in Plainview on Monday, regular unleaded gas was $2.94 a gallon. While the national gas price average remained the same as of Monday morning, Tennessee's gas prices went down 3 cents.
While refinery issues are usually responsible for the rise in spring gasoline prices, this year oil prices are the main driver. The price was $2.89 at a Speedway in East Farmingdale and $2.85 at the QuickChek in Copiague. Diesel is averaging $3.05, from $2.98 to $3.24. The national average has increased 15.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 42.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
13-percent of gas stations around the country are charging three dollars a gallon or more - so expect to see more of that here in Western New York soon.
"This will be the most expensive driving season since 2014", Tom Kloza, the service's global head of energy analysis, tells The Associated Press. It's estimated US oil supplies are down by almost 1.1 million barrels compared to a year ago at this time. Benchmark U.S. crude closed Friday at $68.10.
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In Cleburne on Monday, drivers were seeing up to $2.65 at the pump, and it cost Dana Sanchez of Blum nearly $52 to fill her gas tank up.
The best time to fill up is when temperatures are cooler like early morning, that way you get more gasoline in your tank. In 2015, it significantly increased oil production to lower prices and drive US producers out of business. The smaller amount of available oil only exacerbated this rise in demand. The Triple - A report also adds that across the US, there are numerous states where the price is $3 per gallon or more.
The summer driving season isn't here just yet, but the price you're paying for gas is continuing its recent upward trend. On the week, gasoline demand took a notable drop from its record high the previous week, falling by 774,000 barrels per day, according to the EIA.
California nudged out Hawaii for the most expensive gas this month, with OR in the sixth spot nationwide for the third consecutive week.