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2018 gas prices at highest point in four years, could rise as summer approaches

AAA says that oil refineries are expected to reduce their output for maintenance over the next few months while they switch to summer-blend gasoline, which could lead to even higher gas prices/Perry Smith (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- January gas prices in 2018 are currently the highest they've been in four years.

In Georgia, prices have gone up ten cents, rising an average of two cents over the last week.

As of Sunday, Jan. 21, the average cost of a gallon of gas in the state was $2.45, .18 cents more than the previous month and .23 cents more than this time in 2017.

The least expensive price averages in Georgia are in Warner Robins at $2.38, Catoosa-Dade-Walker at $2.39 and Columbus at $2.39.

The most expensive price averages in the state are in Brunswick at $2.41, Hinesville-Fort Stewart at $2.48 and Savannah at $2.47.

WGXA crews hit the streets to find out how residents in the midstate are handling the overall rise in costs.

One driver said, "At least trying to combine trips and do multiple trips with one truck now. We have to kind of adjust any way we can, but we can't afford it. Really, travel less because that's what we do."

According to AAA, oil refineries are expected to reduce their output for maintenance over the next few months while they switch to summer-blend gasoline, which could lead to even higher gas prices.



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