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AAA: Fuel Prices on the Rise

Gas may be high until after Labor Day

Your trip to the beach this month may cost more than earlier this summer, as fuel prices creep up across Northern Virginia.

The current average nationwide is $3.53 for a regular gallon of gas, according to Oil Price Information Service and AAA.

In the D.C. metro area, prices are in line with the nationwide average at $3.53. The D.C-area average was $3.50 a week ago and $3.38 a month ago, according to AAA.

Travelers headed to popular beaches in Virginia may find gas prices lower at their destination than here in the D.C. metro area. The average in Ocean City, Md. is $3.51 for a regular gallon of unleaded. In Virginia Beach and on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the average is $3.38.

“Gas prices have risen steadily since early July and might not retreat until after August,” said Martha M. Meade, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “That said, crude oil has returned to trade in the $80 per barrel range (down from the $90 per barrel range last week), which means prices at the pump should stay where they are for at least the time being.”

Travelers with a smartphone can  for real-time congestion maps and a ‘Reach the Beach’ feature, which offers time estimates to different routes to popular beach destinations.   

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