RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- AAA says the conversion to summer-blend gasoline, nationwide refinery issues, and a rise in crude oil prices have sent Nevada's gas prices soaring.
The average price in Nevada for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.54 a gallon, an increase of 38 cents from the last AAA gas price release of January 8, 2012. Last month the average price in Nevada was $3.16 a gallon.
The highest gas price of the Nevada metro areas tracked by AAA is in Sparks. The average price in Sparks is $3.74 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Reno takes the second prize at $3.72. North Las Vegas have the Silver State’s lowest pump price found in metro areas tracked by AAA. Drivers in North Las Vegas are paying an average price of $3.43. The highest price of gasoline in the nation’s metro areas is in Hilo, Hawaii, at $4.26 per gallon.
Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.60. This price is seven cents more expensive than one week ago, 28 cents more than one month ago and eight cents more than the average price one year ago.
AAA Monthly Gas Price Averages: February 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS$3.45 +.36
NORTH LAS VEGAS$3.43 +.34
CARSON CITY$3.58 +.27
LOS ANGELES$4.17 +.50
SALT LAKE CITY$3.21 N/C
SAN FRANCISCO$4.05 +.32
ST. GEORGE, UT $3.38 +.36
To get the best mileage possible, AAA recommends keeping tires at the proper pressure suggested by the vehicle manufacturer, performing routine maintenance and making sure fluids are clean and belts and hoses are in good repair. The way you drive can also impact fuel economy. Smooth driving to avoid sudden stops and starts, combining trips and lightening your load also helps conserve gasoline.
One way consumers can reduce the amount of money they spend on fuel is to shop aggressively for the lowest price. AAA offers text alerts via mobile phone for low gas prices in your area. Start saving today at www.aaa.com/gas