Reporting Derek Valcourt
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After weeks of falling gas prices, drivers may not like to see what’s waiting for them at the gas station.
Derek Valcourt has more.
Just when drivers thought they were getting some relief from this spring’s high prices, another spike came.
Another jump at the pump is the last thing drivers want to see.
“Nobody wants to pay more. We are paying enough already,” said one driver.
The average per gallon in Maryland is $3.62. That’s up six cents from just one week ago and 96 cents higher than this same time last year.
AAA says prices nationwide had been going down over the last eight weeks until the price of crude oil rebounded last week.
“Absent any major geopolitical events or any major disruptions as part of the hurricane season, most analysts continue to expect gas prices to range somewhere between the $3.25 and $3.75 per gallon range through July, as well as through August,” said Ragina Averella.
Fluctuating prices are a constant source of aggravation for many drivers, who complain that increases during the summer months affect their travel plans.
“Either the gas stations or the gas companies in general are ripping us off, because they know you gotta have it. What good is your car without it?” said a driver.
Despite this latest rise, AAA Mid-Atlantic says most analysts agree that, barring unforseen circumstances, we likely won’t be seeing $4 a gallon any time this summer.
Drivers may remember it was three years ago this week that the national average price hit its highest mark ever, $4.11.
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