AAA: Spring is here — and it could lead to increases in gas costs

AAA: Spring is here — and it could lead to increases in gas costs


PROVIDENCE — Prices at the pump have remained steady in Rhode Island over the past week, but as spring arrives and weather warm, officials said motorists should expect slight increases in the cost per gallon.

Gasoline prices in the state remained the same from Wednesday through Monday, according to AAA Northeast. A March 20 survey of prices found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.22 per gallon.

Rhode Island’s price is seven cents below the national average of $2.29. A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 30 cents lower at $1.92.

“As spring arrives, it’s likely we will see pump prices start to tick up,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “People drive more in warmer weather, leading to greater demand for gasoline, and the annual seasonal switch from the winter fuel blend to the more expensive to produce summer gasoline blend also adds a few pennies to prices at the pump.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 26 cents, from a low of $2.09 to a high of $2.35.

— Jason Vallee

Rhode Island Gas Prices

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve, Grade

$2.22 ($2.09-$2.35), Regular Unleaded

$2.49 ($2.37-$2.69), Midgrade Unleaded

$2.70 ($2.53-$2.85), Premium Unleaded

$2.53 ($2.45-$2.64), Diesel

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