Gas prices remain steady locally, statewide

The Dearborn-based auto club reports that a regular gallon of unleaded self-service gasoline in the Detroit area is now approximately $2.26. That is the same costs that were reported in the previous week's survey.

In Georgia, the average price is $2.180, which is the same as one week ago, according to AAA. The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Midland-Odessa is $2.09.

While low prices are expected over the short-term, motorists can expect to see them rise shortly, experts with the two organizations said.

Nationally, the average price typically begins to climb in February, increasing by 35 and 65 cents through Memorial Day, said DeHaan who said he expects a similar boost this year. The Show-Me State's average yesterday was $2.08 per gallon, below the national rate of $2.27 per gallon, according to a news release.

National averages, which went up slightly this week, will remain steady in the near future until the yearly seasonal upswing as spring approaches, AAA reported.

"The increase in US domestic oil production has helped to counter-balance OPEC's production cuts, sending gas prices down slowly", said Tammy Arnette, Senior Public Affairs Specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Nearby, Pinellas County was averaging $2.18 per gallon, and Hillsborough was at $2.21. Georgia drivers are paying 52.5 cents more than the $1.655 they were paying a year ago, and metro Albany drivers were paying 52.9 cents more than 2016's $1.577.

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  • Zachary Reyes