Fort Lauderdale, FL – The cost of driving is hitting new highs, even as spring break begins for many travelers; according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the nation’s average gas price jumped nearly three cents per gallon, pushing to just over $2.34 per gallon.
Prices lurched upward in the Midwest, with more modest increases seen across the Gulf Coast and West Coast regions, according to the weekly gas price survey. However, like last week, prices across the East Coast either held steady or declined slightly.
Meanwhile, the cost of diesel remained steady, with the E.I.A. weekly survey showing just a 2/10 penny increase in the average price of diesel. That little movement kept the national average at $2.58 per gallon.
Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.
Regional Gasoline Averages:
$2.832: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.542: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.388: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.287: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.285: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.267: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.258: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.215: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.094: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Regional Diesel Averages:
$2.877: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.780: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.646: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.633: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.625: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.525: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.502: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.429: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.