LIMA — Gas prices in the nation continue to rise, currently with an average price of $2.93 per gallon, and look to affect summertime traveling.
Hardin County has the lowest gas prices two weeks in a row in the Lima region at $2.67. Auglaize has the second lowest gas prices at $2.77, followed by Van Wert at $2.80, Mercer at $2.82, Putnam at $2.86, Shelby at $2.896, Hancock at $2.897, Allen at $2.90 and Logan at $2.94.
On Monday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.86, while last week’s average was $2.79. Gas prices have gone up 17.6 cents from last month’s average and have increased 52.2 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have gone down 20 cents since Sunday, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Lima’s gas prices have gone down 4.8 cents since last week. Gas prices have gone up 17.6 cents since last month, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has gone up 4.9 cents since last week at $2.88. Gas prices have gone up 56.9 cents since last year and is up 16.8 cents since last month.
Summer travel is expected to be affected by the rising gas prices according to thousands of respondents, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“For the first time in years, the annual GasBuddy Summer Travel Survey revealed that higher prices are hurting the tradition of the summer road trip as we near a national average of $3 per gallon,” said DeHaan. “It’s no shock as we continue to see price hikes in 49 of the nation’s 50 states in the last week.”
DeHaan adds that motorists are becoming more aware of the prices in regards to their summer traveling plans, as gas prices continue to rise.
“High gas prices are starting to eat away at the travel plans of many, and the number will likely rise as gasoline prices appear poised to continue moving higher in the weeks ahead,” said DeHaan.
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