Average gas price in US leaps 33 cents to $4.71 per gallon, survey says

Consumers continue to feel the price pinch at the pump.

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A survey shows that the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has increased 33 cents over the past two weeks to $4.71 per gallon, The Associated Press reported.

The news is slightly better according to AAA’s number, which listed the average price at $4.59 for a gallon of regular gasoline.

In March, the national average for a gallon of gasoline topped $4 for the first time in 14 years.

Whatever numbers one uses, the latest figures represent a record high for gas prices, Fox Business reported.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey told the AP that the price jump was caused by higher prices for crude oil and tighter gasoline supplies.

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The average price at the pump is $1.61 higher than it was one year ago.

Nationwide, the highest average price for regular is in the Napa Valley, north of the San Francisco Bay Area, at $6 30 per gallon, according to AAA. The San Francisco Bay area is right behind its northern neighbors at $6.29 for regular.

According to GasBuddy, a gas station near Fisherman’s Wharf was charging $6.55 for a gallon of regular.

The lowest average is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a gallon of regular averages $3.94 per gallon, according to AAA.

AAA noted on its website that the average price for a gallon of regular a year ago was $3.04.

According to the Lundberg Survey, the average price of diesel rose 9 cents over two weeks, to $5.66 a gallon.

Andrew Gross, the national spokesman for AAA Inc. said that drivers should expect higher prices during the summer, especially if the war in Ukraine continues.

“Demand is up,” Gross told Fox News Digital. “Typically this time of year we are in a little bit of a lull. There is often a demand lull between spring break and Memorial Day and we had a little bit of it about two weeks ago, but then last week, there was actually an increase, which is very unusual.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that.”