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Michigan Gas Prices Top $3 For First Time Since 2015

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May 16, 2018 - 11:31 am

DETROIT (WWJ) -  Michigan drivers haven't seen these kinds of numbers in three years.

According to AAA, the average price of gas statewide is above $3 a-gallon, given higher demand, lower inventory and increased tensions in the Middle East. That's about 63 cents a- gallon higher than it was this time last year. 

The Dearborn-based auto club announced the update Wednesday, saying the average is about $3.02 per gallon. AAA says that's about 14 cents more than last week's average. It says the last time the statewide average rose above $3 was August 2015.

In Southfield Tuesday, GasBuddy.com reported the best deal was at the 8 Mile and Lahser Road Sam's Club, at $2.70. For those without a membership, the best price was at the 8 Mile and Sherman Ave. Valero, at $2.83.

Filling up his car, Southfield resident Derick Perkins said he's not expecting fuel to get any cheaper anytime soon.

"I think gas is gonna keep going up. The economy -- you know how it's going right now," he told WWJ's Charlie Langton. "Then we're out in Oakland County, so prices are always going to be higher...I hate for the for the people who've got V8s and trucks out here! 

LaTearia Zirker of Wixom said, personally, she isn't overly concerned. 

"I'm happy I have a Ford Fusion!" Zirker said, with a laugh. "That's a four cylinder, so it's OK with me! I'm fine with it. It lasts longer in my car." 

Michigan's lowest average was about $2.93 in the Marquette area; while the highest was about $3.06 in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas.

AAA says gasoline inventories in the Great Lakes and other parts of the central U.S. have declined steadily in recent weeks, while an increase in demand has lifted pump prices nationwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.