Gas prices jumped 9 cents per gallon over the past two weeks, with the average price per gallon for regular gasoline reaching $2.83, the highest since June 2015. Florida's state average surpassed last year's high of $2.73 by one cent on Thursday, becoming the highest daily average price since December 2014.
Nationally, the average has increased 15.5 cents per gallon during the last month, and is 33.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
According to AAA Northeast, the average price in the Utica-Rome area is $2.85 a gallon.
Gas prices went up in 49 of the 50 states again last week as oil prices continued to rise, and the road ahead at the pump looks "ominous", according to GasBuddy. "With President Trump's tweet last week targeting the price of oil, there may be additional scrutiny on oil prices in the coming weeks that bears monitoring".
Drivers in the Mid-Atlantic region and across the country are paying more at the pump as stations switch over to summer blend fuel and oil prices continue to climb.
The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia were in Savannah at $2.69 per gallon, Brunswick at $2.69 and Atlanta at $2.68.
"There are now a number of factors keeping upward pressure on gas prices", AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.
AAA spokeswoman Stephanie Milani said she expects prices to plateau at this peak in the coming weeks but she adds that global events could cause another spike.
Local gas prices are now the highest they've been since 2015, according to AAA Northeast. Georgia motorists pay $6 more for a full tank of gasoline compared a year ago. "Unfortunately, oil prices could still remain elevated heading into the summer travel season".
Not to mention that by making driving more costly, higher gas prices could cut down on Boston's much-lamented traffic, encouraging folks to reconsider alternatives like car-pooling and public transit.
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