Drivers stopping to fill up their gas tanks can expect to start paying more this week. Gas prices have increased more than 10 cents in just seven days.
It's frustrating news for people like Caty Jones, a student at Johnson C. Smith University.
"Considering I don't have a job and I still have to put gas in this thing. I don't like it at all," Jones said.
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She says it normally costs almost $70 to fill her tank.
A week ago, the average was $3.25, this week, $3.38.
Tom Crosby with AAA said prices generally start trending up after the New Year and that the increase is unavoidable.
"All trends tend to say gas prices are going to increase, at least in the near future. It's a global issue now," he said.
He said the dramatic spoke in gas prices can be tracked to a few causes: a conflict in the Persian Gulf, unemployment on its way down which means people are buying more gas, and the gas tax implemented on Jan. 1.
The increase comes after a record year for high gas prices with the average at $3.50.
Gas prices slide up in New Year
A typical American spent more than $4,000 at the pump last year.