For the first time ever, the national average price for self-service unleaded gasoline topped $2 a gallon on Tuesday (May 18), according to www.fuelgaugereport.com, a service of auto owners club AAA.
On Tuesday, the national average price for gas was $2.009 per gallon, a penny higher than Monday.
A month ago, the national average price for self-serve unleaded was $1.803 a gallon and a year-ago, it was $1.50 a gallon, the automobile association reports.
The www.fuelgaugereport.com figures are based upon the last credit-card swipe on Tuesday at 60,000 self-serve stations across the country.
Diesel fuel was a relative bargain at $1.828 a gallon on Tuesday, although it was only one-tenth of a cent below the record high of $1.829 a gallon for diesel fuel set on March 14, 2003.
In California, Tuesday’s statewide average of $2.317 per gallon for self-serve unleaded also was a record.
A year-ago, the California statewide average for regular unleaded gas was $1.848 a gallon, www.fuelgaugereport.com reports.
Unlike with the nation as a whole, diesel fuel is more expensive in California. On Tuesday, the California statewide average price for diesel was $2.454 a gallon, compared with $1.728 a gallon a year earlier.