Gasoline prices in the United States are at their highest in recent years ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and some stations are running out of fuel.
The national average for Tuesday, according to AAA, is around $3.11 per gallon. This is the highest monthly average since late 2014.
According to AAA, that amount might climb another cent by this weekend.
According to AAA, up to 43.6 million Americans will take the road for the Independence Day weekend, which spans from Thursday to Monday.
“Today, 89% of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more. That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee said in a statement Monday.
“Road trippers will pay the most to fill up for the holiday since 2014.”
According to AAA, Mississippi ($2.74), Louisiana ($2.75), and Texas ($2.79) have the least costly gas in the US, while California ($4.28), Hawaii ($4.00), and Washington state ($3.74) have the most expensive.
Due to a scarcity of delivery drivers, certain gas stations will be unable to sell fuel. Rising demand is also contributing to the shortages.
Tom Klonza, global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service, says that may result in drivers topping off their tanks more frequently.
“It used to be an afterthought for station owners to schedule truck deliveries. Now it’s job No. 1,” Kloza told CNN. “What I’m worried about for July is the increased demand works out to about 2,500 to 3,000 more deliveries needed every day. There just aren’t the drivers to do that.”