NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Drivers are paying more to fill up their tanks. According to a daily survey of 415 gas stations in New Orleans, GasBuddy.com reports price of gasoline is up nearly 6 cents from a week ago, averaging $2.33 a gallon. However, drivers may be paying a lot more - or a lot less - depending on where they stop to get gas. A check on another gasoline website, neworleansgasprices.com shows the cheapest place to get gas is at a Chevron station on N. Rampart and St. Louis, where regular gasoline is selling for $2.13 a gallon. The most expensive place to fill up was at another Chevron station on Tchoupitoulas, where gas is selling for $2.73 a gallon.
Despite the increase in gas prices here and around the country, motorists are still paying a lot less than a year ago, when gas prices were about $1.10 higher. Nationally, the cost of gasoline is up nearly 9 cents a gallon, averaging $262 a gallon. The national average has increased 22.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands $1.05 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"Gasoline prices continue to be tugged upward by previous increases in crude oil prices," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "The national average stands at its highest in nearly five months and has risen 20 days straight. West Coast refinery issues have continued to weigh on West Coast gasoline prices, which have easily risen the fastest in the nation for a second consecutive week, though the increase in prices will be scaled back considerably this week," DeHaan noted.
GasBuddy data shows that over the last month, the percent of gas stations selling under $2.50 per gallon has dwindled from 77 percent to 54 percent, though motorists are still saving over $400 million a day versus what they were paying last year.
Comparisons show nearly a dozen states that saw a double digit gain in average gasoline prices over the last week, led by California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Delaware. On the other end of the spectrum, all but nine states are seeing their current gasoline prices over $1-per gallon lower than a year ago. The nine states who aren't seeing as big of a gap versus prices a year ago: California, Nevada, Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico and Washington.