Many Nebraskans are planning road trips in the coming weeks and are worried that gas prices will spike once they hit the road. Rose White with Triple-A Nebraska says you can likely put those worries to rest. She says crude oil prices dropped earlier this month but then started to creep back up.
“During the last week, they are back up to $75 a barrel and so we likely will see some upward swing in prices but nothing significant.”
White says although crude oil inventories are slightly lower right now, the amount of processed gasoline in looking very good.
“The good factor is U-S gasoline inventories still remain very positive, about 8% higher than they were at the same time one year ago.”
Hurricane season starts in July and there are also rumors gas prices will raise in anticipation of severe storms. White says that is basically a guessing game.
“Right now, that is pure speculation and so there is some talk that while prices for crude will jump higher in anticipation of a hurricane but at this point we just don’t see that happening.”
White says gas prices in Nebraska are about the same as they were one year ago.
“Average about $2.69 for self-serve unleaded and that matches the national average. That is about a 20 cent drop from what they were a month ago and was equal to what it was a year ago.”