Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On the rise. After some welcome relief at the gas pump, prices are once again headed in the wrong direction.
Kai Jackson tells us what to expect as we move deeper into the summer.
If you’re among the drivers who have been enjoying the price of gas, experts say the ride is over and you can expect to pay more.
Maryland drivers will be digging deeper into their wallets to pay for gas. AAA Mid-Atlantic says prices have been rising for three weeks.
“I’m a college student so I can’t really work too often so trying to put gas in the car and get around is gonna be pretty hard,” said Ryan Peacock.
The national average for gas is $3.45 a gallon for regular. In Maryland, it’s a penny lower at $3.44 a gallon.
“Obviously gas prices have gone up a little but motorists are still driving. It is the peak of the summer driving season,” said Ragina Averella, AAA.
Analysts say increased demand for gas around the world and tensions in the Middle East are the reasons prices are rising.
“Crude oil prices have actually been on the rise over the last few weeks and that is certainly the primary contributing factor to why we’re seeing gas prices a little higher,” Averella said.
Drivers tell us they may have no control over world events but say they do control their own driving habits and spending.
“I just put in as much as I can afford to get me from point A to point B, you know, and then I run out and get some more. It’s an everyday thing. I don’t drive a lot,” said Sylvia McCargo.
AAA says there could be another downward trend of gas prices in the fall.