Gas prices have spiked around 17 cents higher than they were a month ago.
AAA says the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is at at $2.37, an increase of about 2 cents from last week, and 7 percent higher than a month ago.
California has the highest fuel prices in the continental U.S. at $2.81 on average. That's up 5 percent from last month. Last year around this time the national average was only $1.97.
AAA spokesperson Doug Shupe told Eye Opener TV Tuesday refinery issues and higher oil prices are pushing the the national average price for gasoline to its highest point since June.
Shupe said it's hard to tell how much higher the prices could go, but we could see spikes of up to 20 cents leading into the summer months as refineries start producing their more expensive summer gas blends.
We can't control the price at the pump, but we can better the fuel efficiency of our vehicles. Shupe suggests the following:
• Maintain your vehicle
• Shop around for prices
• Consolidate your trips
• Lighten the load
• Use air conditioning conservatively
• Use most fuel efficient vehicle
• Use cruise control
• Avoid quick starts and stops
• Obey the speed limit