Two months before the summer driving season officially starts, average gasoline prices in the Washington region have shot past $4, the earliest they have ever surpassed that milestone, AAA Mid-Atlantic said Wednesday.
And area drivers may need to brace for another bout of sticker shock at the pump. Tom Klozma of the Oil Price Information Service says national gasoline prices could peak as high as $4.25 a gallon on average this spring. That would likely translate into record prices in the District.
“For goodness’ sake, it’s only March, and this is the earliest point in the year that pump prices have soared to this price level,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s manager of public and government affairs, said in a statement.
“It took five months to reach this in 2011, and that took place just on the cusp of the summer driving season,” he added in an interview. “But this time around, for no apparent rhyme or reason other than exceptionally high crude oil prices, it is occurring less than three months into the year.”