Average gas prices top $2 throughout South Dakota

Average gas prices top $2 throughout South Dakota The South Dakota state-wide average price of self-serve regular gasoline hit an all-time record high March 11 at $2.047 per gallon. The previous South Dakota record high was set on May 29, 2004 when the average hit $2.038.

Rapid City also hit a new record on Wednesday this week when gas prices reached an average $2.065 per gallon in the area. The Rapid City average March 11 was at $2.057, down slightly from Wednesday, March 9.

The average price of gasoline in the Sioux Falls area March 11 was $2.028, and is nearing the record high that was set last year on May 25 when the average price hit $2.054 per gallon.

On the national level, the average price of self-serve regular gasoline March 11 was at $2.017. The current record high national average was set on May 26, 2004 when gas prices reached $2.054 per gallon.

AAA expects gas prices to continue to increase over the next several weeks as the spring and summer travel season begins.

If you're planning a summer vacation this year and want to know what you can expect to pay for gas along the way, visit AAA's online Fuel Cost Calculator. By simply entering your starting point and destination, as well as the year, make and model of your vehicle, your total fuel costs will be calculated automatically based on current gas prices in the states you'll be traveling. Go to www.aaa.com and click on Fuel Costs.

AAA's Fuel Gauge Report is based on data from Oil Price Information Service, the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information. AAA purchases the data and makes it available free on the Internet as a public service. Average daily prices for the nation, all 50 states and more than 250 localities are available for all grades of gasoline, making the site the most current and complete public source of fuel price information.

As the nation's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 47 million members (82,000) in South Dakota with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services.

Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA South Dakota can be visited on the Internet at www.aaa.com.

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