MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Some times being ahead of the curve is not such a great thing as drivers in South Florida are finding out.
In the last three weeks the price at the pump jumped nationwide about 12 cents to $3.36 a gallon on average, according to the latest Lundberg survey.
In Florida, prices have jumped that much and more in the last week alone. The average price for a regular unleaded in the state is $3.44 a gallon compared to $3.31 a week ago, according to the American Automobile Association.
In Miami-Dade, drivers have seen the price at the pump jump 13 cents in the last week to an average of $3.48 for a gallon of unleaded regular. In Ft. Lauderdale drivers are paying about $3.46 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded compared to $3.35 a week ago. Last year at this time regular unleaded averaged $3.17 a gallon in both Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
Tallahassee, where unleaded regular is averaging $3.36 a gallon, is the cheapest places in the state to fill up.
West Palm Beach is the most expensive place to top off the tank; regular unleaded is averaging $3.51 a gallon.
Check out the cheapest gas prices in your neighborhood at FloridaGasPrices.com.
2011 saw the highest yearly price per gallon average ever but 2012 could be even higher. Florida finished 2011 with prices averaging a $3.25 a gallon, up 20 cents from a year earlier and a year-end record. They rose to an average $3.33 a gallon Wednesday. Prices usually rise at least 90 cents by summer, so that means gas topping $4 a gallon in July, analysts say.