Here’s why gas prices are expected to keep going up

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gas prices are rising — again, and they’re expected to keep going up. 

The national average is about $2.74 and compared to the past three years, this is the highest it’s been at this time of year.

AAA says drivers will continue to see prices rise throughout different regions in the country.

Drivers can blame higher crude oil prices because of unplanned maintenance at oil refineries for the surge in cost. 

In Virginia, gas prices climbed by four cents in the past week. And in the past month, there was a 23 cent increase.

Even with this rise in price, Virginia still ranks in the top 10 states for the least expensive average gas prices — tying with Oklahoma.

Oil prices could continue to climb more this week as there is an agreement with OPEC in place to decrease oil production, so don’t be surprised if you pay more at the pump.

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