By Megan Hansen
Gas prices are on the rise in California thanks to optimism about the short term health of the economy. That’s according to a report released today by AAA of Northern California. It finds the average gallon of gasoline in the state costs $3.07, up 11 cents from last month.
Matt Skryja with AAA says oil prices historically begin to go up around this time of year.
Skryja: “As the weather warms more people hit the road, and so that helps bring up the price. In addition to that we also have the summer season which is right around the corner, and that’s when additional additives are put into gasoline, and that also helps increase the price.”
Skryja says those additives cost extra, but help make sure gas burns cleaner during the summer months.
Despite increases in most areas, gas prices remained unchanged in Tahoe– around $3.30 a gallon. That’s the highest average price in the lower 48 states.