Drivers in the United States have been warned to expect “real pain” at the pump as a surge in spring travel combines with growing inflation to push gas prices for regular unleaded to more than $4 a gallon.
According to the American Automobile Association, the nationwide average is currently $3.314 a gallon. California has the highest-priced gas at $4.650, while Texas has the lowest at $2.942. In New York state, it is now $3.39.
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On Tuesday, Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum at GasBuddy, announced that all Americans may soon be facing California-level costs.
“We’ll start to see gasoline demand surge, along with refiners doing maintenance ahead of the summer driving season, creating a squeeze,” De Haan told Fox Business, predicting that the spike would start in March.
De Haan projected that there may be a growth of 10 to 20 cents per
gallon every month until May, when the national average could hit or even exceed $4 a gallon.
Earlier this month, GasBuddy projected that the national average price for a gallon of gasoline could even climb to a high of $4.13 in June.
And California cities could see prices climb even higher, with costs in San Francisco and Sacramento growing to more than $5 a gallon.
High prices? Where I live, I pay about $6.82/gallon [us]. It’s about the same all over Europe.