Gas prices in the Augusta area climbed 17 cents in the past week, a disappointing end to the recent decline in prices for many drivers.
“I was so pleased when prices were coming down,” said Jane Williams, who was filling up her car Tuesday at Greg’s Gas Plus on Georgia Avenue. She said she’s grateful that she lives in North Augusta, where gas prices are usually lower than in Georgia.
She doesn’t have a long commute, but high gas prices have forced her to be more thoughtful about running errands.
“I try to make a circle to do all the things in one trip,” she said.
According to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the Augusta area was $2.950 one week ago and $3.125 on Tuesday.
Prices are still far better than the average at this time last year, which was $3.479 per gallon.
AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said rising fuel costs can be attributed to two primary international factors: European sanctions against Iran and an agreed upon plan by European leaders to save the euro and resolve the continent’s ongoing debt crisis.
“Although oil prices retreated at the end of last week, it’s likely motorists have seen the last of the summer price reductions at the pump,” Brady said. “State averages for gasoline increased across the Southeast this week, and retail prices will start to stabilize as more balanced pressure is weighed on the market.”
Oscar Jackson, also filling up at Greg’s Gas Plus on Tuesday, said that while he has felt the increase in gas prices, it really doesn’t keep him from taking road trips or driving around town.
“It’s impacted everybody,” he said. “But I guess I’m the type of person that if it’s something I want to do, I’m going to do it.”