Gas prices continue to rise nationwide

Mae Love
April 10, 2019

The national average for a gallon regular unleaded gas is $2.75.

While gas prices usually begin to rise this time of year, DeHaan says that the coming spike is "bigger than we've seen in recent memory". "... I believe the peak price that we face will likely be in the next month, then prices should trail off as long as there are no unforeseen issues". "It really is going to be ugly this week on the West Coast".

Friday is the busiest day, with - not surprising - 5:00 p.m. the busiest time.

Prices on average were slightly lower in the North and South counties, primarily sticking in the $3.50 to $3.90 range, with a few exceptions. While Saturday proved to be the most expensive day to buy gas in 16 states, the worst day for Michiganders is Thursday.

As for days to avoid, Friday has the most expensive average price of any other day of the week. Well, you can make sure you're filling up on the days when you'll get the most bang for your buck.

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Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, pointed this fact out while offering a look at the past seven years of year-to-date price changes. But there are other "hacks" to help save you money at the gas pump.

Monday is also one of three days - alongside Sunday and Tuesday - when wait times at the pumps are shortest, according to GasBuddy.

GasBuddy compiles information and rankings on gas prices and convenience stores that sell gas. GasBuddy lists real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas stations and convenience stores.

The higher gasoline prices could put additional pressure on Washington, which is still considering a gas tax hike.

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