Experts predict that gas prices will move higher in the coming weeks and months.
Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, says, “The state average today stands at $3.10 for regular. It hasn’t been this high since the week before Halloween last year.”
Mai says there are a few reasons for the increase.
This time of the year many refineries have scheduled maintenance. Plus, the EPA mandates a switchover to summer-blend gasoline production by May 1st.
Mai says the weather also leads to higher prices.
More than a dozen refineries experienced problems due to extreme cold in January.
Significant refinery problems typically lead to much higher gas prices.
However, Mai says that didn’t happen because reduced driving more than made up for the fall in gasoline production.
At this time last year, the average was $3.32.