In just a month, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has skyrocketed 47 cents in the Fort Worth-Arlington area. The average now stands at $3.40 both for the area and for Texas as a whole, according to a report today by auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.
Numerous gasoline retailers in Tarrant County were selling regular for $3.39 this weekend. Most prices for regular -- the cheap grade of fuel that no longer is cheap -- were within a range of $3.34 to $3.43 today.
Some motorists who don't put many miles on their vehicles have seen the price skyrocket 40 cents a gallon just between their most-recent fillup and their prior one.
The average price today for mid-grade fuel is $3.55 in the Fort Worth-Arlington area. Premium averages $3.69 and diesel is at $3.75.
The national average for regular has now hit $3.50, up 76 cents from a year ago.
In California, the nation's most-populous state, regular is averaging $3.89 a gallon, mid-grade is $3.99 and premium is $4.09. But diesel tops them all, with an average price of $4.22.