TAMPA, FLA. -- Following weeks of declines, gas prices are once again on the rise.
According to the latest Fuel Price Brief from Tampa-based AAA South, Floridians are paying an average price of $3.26 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, an increase of eight cents from the week before.
Europe appears to be blame for the rising price at the pump.
Last week European leaders imposed trade sanctions against Iran and announced a plan to save the Euro and solve the two-year debt crisis there.
At one point last week, crude oil prices broke $88 per barrel, but settled Friday at $84.45 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Since April, gas prices have been steadily falling but according to AAA spokesperson Jessica Brady, the best may be over for the summer.
"Although oil prices retreated at the end of last week, it's likely motorists have seen the last of the summer price reductions at the pump. State averages for gasoline increased across the southeast this week and retail prices will start to stabilize as more balanced pressure is weighed on the market," said Brady.
If gas prices have begun a steady increase, Brady says there is one way to find the best price at the pump.
"While some local retailers have already started to post higher gas prices, drivers can still find relatively cheap gas by filling up in areas where there's ample competition, paying with cash, or by using AAA's TripTik Mobile app that allows motorists to search for the cheapest gas stations prior to filling up," said Brady.
Nationally, gas prices rose by five cents last week to $3.38 per gallon.