Gas prices continue to soar in the West, now over $4 a gallon in Utah

May 16, 2023, 2:00 PM

The West is experiencing exceptionally high gas prices, compared to the West. Spokes person for AAA...

The West is experiencing exceptionally high gas prices, compared to the West. Spokes person for AAA says this is likely due to a weak oil market. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah’s gas prices continue to rise, now sitting at an average of $4.05 a gallon for regular unleaded according to AAA.

Gas prices in the Beehive State have now jumped 12 cents in the past day, and 41 cents over the last month.

Utah is now one of seven states to sit above the $4 threshold, along with Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

AAA Spokesperson, Julian Paredes, told KSL Newsradio this is likely due to a weak oil market. And more so because of issues with some regional refineries.

Eastern Gas Prices Dropping

Many states in the East are not only not as expensive as Utah, but they’re actually seeing their prices go in the opposite direction.

One of the most notable is Texas. The AAA says the state has an average cost of $3.08 a gallon for regular unleaded gas, which is down 28 cents in the last month.

That’s nearly a dollar cheaper than Utah. And Texas is far from the only state to the east seeing price drops.

What now?

While it’s hard to pinpoint when Utahans can expect some relief at the pump, Paredes said there are still some things you can do to make the most of your gas in the meantime.

“Car maintenance is really essential to making sure your fuel economy is as good as it can be,” Paredes said.

Along with keeping the tires properly inflated.

Paredes said many people are lacking a working gas cap, which can play a huge role in fuel efficiency. 

“In the summer, your gas will literally evaporate out of your car,” Paredes said.

Prices are expected to go up for Memorial Day. If you’re planning a trip, this might be the year to go East.

According to AAA, Colorado’s average cost for regular unleaded is $3.34 a gallon. Wyoming’s is $3.38.

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Gas prices continue to soar in the West, now over $4 a gallon in Utah