AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said the value of the dollar is likely to remain low, while oil prices should rise above $90 a barrel.
"This is not good news going into the December holiday season, and while we don't expect the higher gas prices to deter many holiday travelers, it will definitely make consumer wallets a little tighter," she said.
Gas prices have already shown steep increases going into this week and are expected to continue upwards as a result of the $5-plus increase in the price of oil, she said.
John Fletcher, a USPS driver from Snellville, says it costs about $60 to fill up his mail truck. Even though gas prices don't deter his daily rounds, a gallon costing anywhere near $3 makes his reconsider how much he travels in his personal life.
"I won't go out as much as I used to," he said.