$3 Gasoline to Greet Motorists for Christmas across the Nation, AAA Reports

$3 Gasoline to Greet Motorists for Christmas across the Nation, AAA Reports

NEWS from AAA Oklahoma, Dec. 23 – Holiday drivers this year will be greeted with the highest retail gasoline prices in more than 26 months, according to AAA.

            The auto club’s FuelGaugeReport.com today shows the nationwide average price for self-serve regular now stands at $3.013 per gallon. The last time the gas average topped $3.00 per gallon was on Oct. 17, 2008. One year ago, it was $2.584.

            “It looks like we’re going to see a national Christmas average above $3 for the first time ever,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “What’s more, with crude oil now above $90 per barrel, even higher pump prices appear likely.”

            AAA’s fuel price web site reports the Oklahoma gas price average today is $2.833, compared with $2.415 on Dec. 23, 2009.

            “Oklahoma motorists need to know that Oklahoma now has the fourth lowest gas price average of all the states,” said Mai. “If you’re driving east or north out of Oklahoma over the holidays, fill up before leaving the state.”

            The state with the lowest gas price average today is Colorado at $2.755, followed by Wyoming at $2.790 and Utah, $2.814. Among the 48 contiguous states, California has the most expensive gas: $3.281. Twenty-seven states now have a price average above $3.00 per gallon.

            Visit FuelGaugeReport.com for city-by-city and state-by-state gasoline price averages, updated daily. While online, go to AAA.com and click on Fuel News & Tools in the AAA News & Safety section for more useful information, gas pricing tools and advice on ways to save at the pump.

Updated 12-24-2010

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