LOS ANGELES -- On Tuesday, the U.S. average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was 28.5 cents a gallon higher than it was a year ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. But if the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is any guide, the fuel bite Tuesday won't be any worse on American wallets than it was last year.
The reason is that U.S. drivers were set to burn about 36 million fewer gallons of gasoline Tuesday than they did last year, when they bought about 370 million gallons, according to the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey. The consumption mark is even further below the pre-recession threshold of 391 million gallons a day set in January of 2008.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline Tuesday is $3.381, according to the AAA, up 15.3 cents since last month.
In the Tri-Cities on Tuesday, gas was $3.26 per gallon, according to AAA's daily fuel gauge report.