The seemingly never-ending roller coaster of gas prices is a one-way ride right now.
Prices have now risen for ten consecutive days, according to AAA. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose to $3.84 today, just 6.7% below the record high of $4.11 set in July 2008. Gas prices are now up more than 17% this year, AAA says.
Just a month ago, the national average was $3.52 a gallon. That number was $3.76 a gallon by March 9, the day prices started rising again after a few days of declines. Drivers in seven states are now paying average prices above $4 a gallon, while others aren’t far behind. Explanations for the price spikes typically aren’t cut and dried, but oil prices have jumped more than 5% over the past month due to tensions surrounding Iran.
Drivers can’t control the price of gas, but is there anything you can do to control how much you spend at the pump? The answer is yes! HLN Money Expert Clark Howard has some tips on changes you can make behind the wheel to keep more cash in your wallet.