Central Ohio motorists are paying more for gasoline this week.
Local gas prices are at or near the four-dollar mark. Many service stations in the region have raised their prices to three-dollars-99-cents for a gallon of regular. Triple-A says the statewide average price for a gallon of regular is 3-dollars-93 cents, 27 cents higher than last week. An industry analyst says the supply has been unstable in the Great Lakes region, where two large refineries are either partially or fully shut down for maintenance. The analyst also blames the rising world price of crude oil. Dan Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturers Association says properly-inflated tires can help boost gas mileage.
Zielinski says a survey by his organization found 17-percent of Americans check their tire pressure regularly.
The national average price of a gallon of regular this week is 3-dollars-63 cents, up two cents from last week.