OGDEN -- With Memorial Day approaching, gas prices have increased a nickle from last month.
The average price of gasoline in Utah is about $3.56 a gallon, AAA Utah spokeswoman Roylane Fairclough said. The national average is about $3.65.
Utah is in the middle compared to the rest of the country when it comes to gasoline prices. Likewise in the Mountain states, where Wyoming and Arizona have less-expensive gas prices, but prices are higher in Colorado.
Gasoline prices normally increase in the summer months as more drivers take to the road on vacation.
Prices at the pump especially see additional increases around the holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Pioneer Day and Labor Day, when people take advantage of the three-day weekends.
According to the website Gasbuddy.com, which tracks gasoline prices around the nation, the least-expensive gasoline price in the state, which is open to the general public, is at Chevron, 1879 W. 2550 South in South Ogden. The price at that location is $3.35 for regular unleaded gasoline.
The most expensive gasoline is $3.89 for regular unleaded gasoline at a Phillips 66 in Hanksville.
Drivers should see a slight drop after the holiday weekend, Fairclough said, but it is impossible to predict what the price of gasoline will continue to be, because the price is so volatile.
She cannot say how the prices will change for the rest of the season.
"It would be lovely of course if we hit our highest price here in May," Fairclough said, "but it's impossible to tell."
A big factor will be the extreme weather in the Midwest.
If more tornadoes or other devastating storms hit the area, drivers could see an increase in gasoline prices.
The good news however, is that prices are still about 18 cents cheaper than at the same time a year ago, when the state average was about $3.74.
Fairclough has advice for drivers planning to hit the dunes or the lake this summer.
"If you have recreational vehicles or boats or whatever that you need to gas up for the holiday and you plan to be off for the holiday weekend, fill up a week before because, as a general rule, prices are a bit lower."