September 23, 2019–10:40 a.m.
Gas prices continue their upward trend compared to a week ago.
Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.59 per gallon for regular unleaded. Monday’s state average is 17 cents more than a week ago, 15 cents more than this time last month, and 12 cents less than this time last year.
It now costs $38.85 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline. That is $3.75 less than what motorists paid in May of 2018 when pump prices hit their 2018 peak of $2.84 per gallon.
A rise in crude oil prices, a result of attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia contributed to the increase at the pump, according to Montrae Waiters with AAA.
However, the national average has held steady for two days, signaling that gas prices may be stabilizing in the coming week.
Local averages Monday morning were $2.51 in Floyd County, $2.67 in Bartow County, $2.54 in Gordon County, $2.49 in Chattooga County and $2.60 in Polk County.