If you've paid attention to gas prices lately, you may have noticed they're up and they're not dropping.
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According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.64 going into this week, an increase of 17 cents from the previous week. The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.71, up 13 cents from last week.
"Motorists can expect gas prices to rise throughout March and into April," Jessica Brady, spokeswoman for AAA, said in a news release. "Although there are a few factors that could cause oil prices to stabilize this week, it's likely gas prices will increase. So far market trends and price fluctuations at the pump have been similar to 2011 and 2012, leading analysts to believe prices will peak in April before they retreat."
AAA cites multiple factors causing the increase. Pump prices typically jump this time of year as a result of a summer blend switch and refinery maintenance. But a severe snowstorm in the Northeast, continued concerns over Iran's nuclear efforts and economic news have caused prices to move higher than initially forecast for this time of year.
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