Gas prices still rising in volusia-flagler _ news-journalonline. com

As Al Smith pumped gas, he thought: The price could be worse.
The motorist from Oklahoma said he’s seen fuel costs as high as $5.69 a gallon in Orlando. Tuesday morning, he paid $1.99 at the Sunoco on Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach — a rate that’s four cents below the state average.
“This seems like it’s cheap,” he said.
It could be worse, but local motorists have seen better days. The average price in the Daytona Beach area has risen 29 cents per gallon in the past month and some stations currently display prices as high as $2.15 a gallon. As summer approaches, the prices will continue to rise, experts say, but it’s not expected to reach the levels of previous years.
“Retail prices will continue to climb through May, they might peak in June, and then we will see prices diminish significantly after they peak,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum expert with GasBuddy. com. “Even though they are climbing, it is still only 40 cents less than where we were a year ago. We are confident the peak level will be less than last year.”
A year ago, prices were $2.42 per gallon in Florida. Today, the state average is $2.03.
Gas prices are typically higher between May and September because motorists are more likely to travel during the warmer months — pumping up the demand — and because the summer-blend fuel that causes fewer emissions is more expensive to produce. Oil prices are also a factor in the price increase, with crude oil costing $41 a barrel now, up from $26 a month ago.
Motorists like Bill Lennsen have noticed the surge over the past few weeks. As his fuel tank empties, he becomes a more selective shopper.
“I always look for where the cheap gas is,” said the Flagler Beach resident. “Ninety-percent are at $1.99 right now, but they are certainly going up.”

As Al Smith pumped gas, he thought: The price could be worse.

The motorist from Oklahoma said he’s seen fuel costs as high as $5.69 a gallon in Orlando. Tuesday morning, he paid $1.99 at the Sunoco on Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach — a rate that’s four cents below the state average.

“This seems like it’s cheap,” he said.

It could be worse, but local motorists have seen better days. The average price in the Daytona Beach area has risen 29 cents per gallon in the past month and some stations currently display prices as high as $2.15 a gallon. As summer approaches, the prices will continue to rise, experts say, but it’s not expected to reach the levels of previous years.

“Retail prices will continue to climb through May, they might peak in June, and then we will see prices diminish significantly after they peak,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum expert with GasBuddy. com. “Even though they are climbing, it is still only 40 cents less than where we were a year ago. We are confident the peak level will be less than last year.”

A year ago, prices were $2.42 per gallon in Florida. Today, the state average is $2.03.

Gas prices are typically higher between May and September because motorists are more likely to travel during the warmer months — pumping up the demand — and because the summer-blend fuel that causes fewer emissions is more expensive to produce. Oil prices are also a factor in the price increase, with crude oil costing $41 a barrel now, up from $26 a month ago.

Motorists like Bill Lennsen have noticed the surge over the past few weeks. As his fuel tank empties, he becomes a more selective shopper.

“I always look for where the cheap gas is,” said the Flagler Beach resident. “Ninety-percent are at $1.99 right now, but they are certainly going up.”

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