Gas prices in Delaware rose by about eight cents a gallon during the past week, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Unleaded regular now sells for a statewide average of $3.61. Crude oil prices are driving the trend at the pump, as well as increased demand for gas. Prices have been going up steadily since early July, but are still 11 cents below a year ago. “Motorists were troubled by the 17-cent spike in gas prices last month, but the price outlook will become rosier in the days ahead as the kids return to school in the next few weeks and the summer driving season comes to an end,” AAA Mid-Atlantic Manager of Public and Government Affairs Jenny Robinson said. The national average for gas is $3.61, while it costs $3.51 a gallon to fill up in New Jersey and $3.67 in southeastern Pennsylvania.