Heartbreaker: Cupid’s Arrow Can’t Deflate Rising Fuel Prices

Phoenix, Feb. 14, 2013. Love may be in the air today, but it certainly isn’t at the gas pump. This week, the statewide average rose 14 cents to $3.49 per gallon. Nationally, prices increased just over 7 cents to $3.628 per gallon.

“Since mid-January, the price of fuel has been propelled higher by more expensive crude oil, but more notably by regional refinery issues and the approaching switchover to summer-blend gasoline,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “As temporary production concerns are addressed, AAA expects price increases to slow.”

Tucson and Scottsdale hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.255 and $3.606 per gallon, respectively. Wyoming and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.111 and $4.087 per gallon, respectively.

City

Today’s price

Change from last week

Change from last month

Last year’s price

East Valley
(Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek)

$3.539

+17.3

+49.9

$3.467

Flagstaff

$3.519

+8.5

+22.7

$3.490

Glendale

$3.553

+15.7

+51

$3.467

Peoria

$3.521

+15.2

+47.5

$3.446

Phoenix (city)

$3.537

+16.1

+48.9

$3.476

Prescott
(Tri-Cities)

$3.460

+13.7

+36.7

$3.427

Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

$3.606

+13.2

+50.2

$3.565

Tucson

$3.255

+11.2

+35.9

$3.341

Yuma

$3.587

+13

+47.2

$3.528

Statewide

$3.490

+14.1

+42.2

$3.486

National

$3.628

+7.3

+33.1

$3.518

 

As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

  • Fuel Price Finder (AAA.com/fuelfinder) locates the lowest fuel price in your area.
     
  • AAA Gas Price Alerts (AAA.com/gasalerts) offers users weekly fuel price text alerts.
     
  • AAA Mobile (AAA.com/mobile) provides directions and plots fuel prices along your travel route.
     
  • AAA’s Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card (AAA.com/financial/AAAvisa.htm) accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.