Gasoline Prices Rise, Just in Time for Christmas Travel

Are you experiencing sticker shock at the gas pumps?

Are you experiencing sticker shock at the gas pumps?

After seeing gasoline prices fall for much of the last month, motorists nationwide are experiencing sticker shock as they fill up for Christmas travels. The oil companies, it seems, are making sure drivers have a big lump of coal in their stockings, at least when they fill up their cars.

In my hometown, gas has shot up nearly 30 cents this week, coming in at $3.39 a gallon. Louisville, Kentucky has seen an even more dramatic rise in gasoline prices. Just a week ago, gasoline priced at under $3.00 a gallon was common. But since Wednesday, prices have increased by as much as 50 cents a gallon, with the average cost of a gallon of gas coming in at an identical $3.39.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, written by Avery Ash, who serves as AAA’s manager of Federal Relations, some places are still experiencing lower prices, but four states in particular are paying more than 40-cents a gallon than they were at this point last year.

Drivers in five states are currently paying less than 20 cents more at the pump than one year ago: New Mexico (14 cents), Delaware (15.6.cents), New Jersey (18.7 cents), Ohio (19.4 cents) and Maryland (19.8 cents). Drivers in four states are currently paying more than a 40-cent year-over-year premium: Colorado (40.2 cents), Wyoming (40.3 cents), Alaska (40.7 cents) and Hawaii (42.8 cents).

And GasBuddy.com expects consumers in both the United States and Canada to face the highest national average gas prices in history. The U.S. national average has never been over $3.03/gal on Christmas Day. They expect the U.S. average tom come in at $3.20 or more per gallon. And Canada should see prices more than 15 cents a gallon and 6 cents per liter above their record high prices on Christmas.

How about you? Have you seen a spike in gasoline prices where you live this week?


About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.


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