Arizona gas prices climb to higher rates than recent years

Posted at 8:29 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 09:52:17-04

Gas prices continue to soar, reaching some of the highest levels in the past three years.

According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas in Arizona is $2.73. That is 45 cents higher than at this point a year ago.

Experts cite the price of crude oil, and strong domestic demand, as some of the reasons behind the climb. Hopefully, relief will come as we head into the Summer.

ABC15 also talked to AAA about the variation in price around the Valley. For example, the average price of a gallon of gas is higher in Scottsdale than in other parts of the Valley.

"Demand from tourism could certainly play a part in it," said AAA Spokesperson Michelle Donati. "Coming off a busy spring training season and seeing the influx of tourists to Arizona could certainly play a part in gas prices."

A lot of drivers are fed up and waiting for a drop in price.

"I glanced at the price and thought...this is going to kill me," said driver Kristie Paulus.