The average price was about $3.84 per gallon a month ago and $3.76 a year ago. The city’s highest recorded average price for regular gas was $4.20 on May 12, 2011, according to AAA.
In Maryland, regular is averaging $3.95 per gallon and in Virginia it’s $3.86.
The national average is $3.91, compared to about $3.70 last month and just below $3.59 this time last year.
D.C. is in the top five among states where gas averages more than $4 per gallon. The city is beaten only by Illinois, Alaska, California and Hawaii, where the average is a wallet-busting $4.54 per gallon.
But there may be hope on the horizon: The price of crude oil, a major indicator of gas prices, has held steady this month after escalating over the winter due to uncertainty in the Middle East.
According to a survey published by Lundberg, an independent market research group, this could help steady U.S. gas prices as we move into spring and summer.
If you’re looking for a deal on the cheapest gas in the DMV, you might want to check out Gasbuddy.com, which maintains a database of reports from volunteer price spotters and service stations across the Washington region.