PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The cost of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has risen 3 cents in the past week, but remains lower than the national average.
AAA Northeast said Tuesday that self-serve, regular is now selling for an average of $2.34 per gallon, which is 3 cents lower than the national average and a penny higher than the Rhode Island price from a year ago.
AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.17 and as high as $2.45 per gallon.
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The increase in the cost of gas was driven in part by higher demand for car trips over the Memorial Day weekend.
In Massachusetts, the price of a gallon of gasoline also climbed 3 cents in the past week to an average of $2.31.
AAA Northeast reported Tuesday that with the 3-cent increase, self-serve regular is now 6 cents lower than the national per-gallon average but 3 cents higher than the Massachusetts price a year ago.
AAA says prices rose in part because of higher demand for gasoline for the Memorial Day weekend, when many people travel by car.
There was a range of 34 cents, from a low of $2.17 per gallon of self-serve, regular to a high of $2.51.