He says gas prices nationwide this spring will be between 10 percent and 25 percent higher than a year ago.
The Dearborn-based auto club announced late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.56 per gallon.
Sarasota-area prices already hover almost 30 cents higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy.com.
Gasoline prices in the Las Vegas area have gone up in the past week. That is 3 cents less than last week but 27 cents more than the same time past year. Two years ago, gas averaged $2.01 here.
Wholesale gasoline prices climbed 10 to 15 cents Wednesday through Friday, AAA said.
Prices at the pump had declined slightly for several weeks, but analysts expected them to rebound due to several factors.
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The statewide average is also down 3 cents at $2.56, which is 20 cents more year-over-year. The least expensive gas is in Chattanooga, $2.26, and the Clarksville-Hopkinsville area at $2.30.
With gas prices about 10 percent higher than they were at this point a year ago, the situation may be near the point of USA economic strain, analysis found.
The states with the lowest average per-gallon gasoline prices included: Missouri ($2.27), MS ($2.27), SC ($2.28), Alabama ($2.28), Arkansas ($2.29), Texas ($2.31), Oklahoma ($2.33), Louisiana ($2.33), Tennessee ($2.34) and Wyoming ($2.36).
"Gasoline supplies took a sharp dip last week, as exports rose and refineries began to switch from summer- to winter-blend gasoline", said Mark Jenkins, spokesman at AAA in Tampa.
A federal estimate from last week showed gasoline demand across the US economy is at a point not usually seen until summer months, when more vacationers hit the road. The national average rose 1.5 cents to $2.54.