Georgia gas prices hit record high

Remember in 2008 when gas prices hit the $4 mark for the first time ever?

Don't panic yet. But Monday's prices at the pump topped the same date four years ago, according to the auto club AAA.

"Today is a record-breaking average for Georgia," Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.64 Monday, up a penny from Aug. 20, 2008, Brady said. This time last year, we were paying $3.52 a gallon, according to AAA.

And despite prices hovering under $3.30 a gallon in Georgia early this summer, don't expect a decline any time soon, experts predict.

"It does look like prices are going to increase throughout the month," Brady said. "For those looking to travel, either last-minute summer travel or for Labor Day Weekend, you're going to need to budget more for fuel costs."

Gas prices are typically higher during summer months and during hurricane season, Brady said. But many factors contribute to prices at the pump.

"The biggest factor right now is the turmoil going on overseas," Brady said.

Georgians still pay less for gas than the national average. Drivers paid an average of $3.72 a gallon nationwide on Monday, up from $3.45 one month ago, according to AAA. In Hawaii, the average price per gallon Monday was $4.23.

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