SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The price of fuel has reached its highest level in Utah since 2015, according to AAA, causing pain at the pump for drivers.
The national average is also up, according to AAA, at $2.76 per gallon of unleaded fuel. In Utah, the average Monday afternoon was $3.02 per gallon, compared to just $2.49 per gallon this same time last year.
The rising prices are causing drivers like Chris Thain to pinch their pennies. He spent $37 filling up his Ford Fusion Monday morning.
“It definitely takes away from several things that I do,” said Thain. “But, I mean, you gotta get around.”
A recent fire at Hollyfrontier’s Woods Cross refinery caused a slump in production, AAA reported, which may have contributed to the spike. An overall higher price for fuel and more travel demand in April may have also caused the rise in fuel costs at the pump, AAA also reported. Mideast unrest has not helped the problem, economists said in recent days.
Apps like GasBuddy and GasGuru for iPhone and Android can help drivers find the most economical way to fill up, using their location to give the latest prices at each local gas station.
In just an hour Monday, unleaded fuel prices rose at the local Maverik from $2.99 per gallon to $3.09 per gallon.
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