ATLANTA (CBS46) — A gallon of unleaded gas has hit an almost 7-year high, as prices across the country continue to rise.
Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis with GasBuddy, reports the national average has jumped to $3.19 per gallon, the highest average since Oct. 12, 2014. As of 9:30 a.m., that price increased another penny to $3.20/gallon according to GasBuddy.com.
Here in Georgia, the statewide average sits well below the national average at $2.93/gallon. In Atlanta, the average is $0.05 higher at $2.98/gallon.
"It jumped from twenty dollars to fill up my car to forty so it needs to go down," said Justin Booker, a driver we spoke with Thursday afternoon.
Kenny Melton tells us he won't be traveling too far until the prices drop off again. "It doesn't feel good. I feel like they could bring it down a little lower. Pretty much I'm trying to stay a little close, not drive as far away from where I am."
De Haan says drivers can expect some relief in the coming weeks as travel winds down with kids heading back to school and summer coming to a closer.
We saw a sharp increase back in May when the colonial pipeline suffered a ransomware attack, causing a gas shortage. From there, summer travel picked up. With increased demand, prices continued to climb.
De Haan says autumn could bring gas prices back down.