While gas prices are rising across the country, on average they are nearly $1.50 cheaper per gallon than this time last year, AAA reports.
As of Tuesday morning, the average price of self-serve regular in the United States was slightly above $2.31 per gallon — about 9 cents higher than one week ago. But that's down from $3.79 this time last May.
This morning, trading oil prices stood at $59.24 a barrel. On this day in 2008, oil closed at $126.51 a barrel.
"While the climb in oil and gasoline prices will not be cheered by consumers, it does indicate a certain degree of optimism in the future of the economy and relative comfort with the current retail price of gasoline," AAA said in a report.
Historically, gas prices are at their highest during midsummer, peaking sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day.