By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The price of gas has soared within the last week in Northwest Georgia, causing drivers to lose an even larger chunk of cash at a time when budgets are already stretched thin thanks to higher taxes and winter heating bills.
AAA-South reports the statewide average price for regular unleaded fuel shot up $0.17 in the last week and has gone up $0.34 in the last month. Those increases are reflected here in our communities with consumers paying significantly higher prices in places like Calhoun and Dalton, where in early January gas could be found for less than $3.00 a gallon, drivers are now paying $3.55.
The cheapest fuel in the seven-county-region can be found in Cedartown at $3.45 and in Cartersville at $3.49.
Other cities such as Adairsville, Dallas, Summerville and Rome have fuel currently priced between $3.55 and $3.59 per gallon.
AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady says drivers should prepare to pay even higher gas prices until at least April when the cost could peak before dropping back down.
The nationwide average gas price has increased for 32 consecutive days.
All county prices are courtesy of gasbuddy.com.
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