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AAA expects higher gas prices this spring | CNBC

If it seems to be costing you more cash to fill up your tank these days, you’re right.

“We’ve gotten accustomed to cheaper gasoline over the past couple years,” Robert Sinclair, AAA Northeast Manager of Media Relations told CNBC’s On The Money in a recent interview.

According to AAA, the average cost of a gallon of unleaded regular is about 25 cents more than this time last year.

With fewer miles driven, and less demand during the cold winter months, winter gas prices are usually lower. Why the price spike now?

“We’re still riding the wave, if you will, as a result of Hurricane Harvey, where gasoline prices jumped up afterwards,” Sinclair said.

After that natural disaster, prices never really returned to pre-hurricane rates.

A new AAA survey asked consumers if there was a gas price point that would make them “change their driving habits or lifestyle to offset higher gas prices.”

“We found $2.75 was the tipping point for about 20 percent of drivers,” Sinclair said. “For 40 percent, it was $3 a gallon.”

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AAA expects higher gas prices this spring.