This New Year many will be paying substantially more for gasoline than last New Year's Day. The national average for self-serve regular gas, last year at this time, was $162.
Now ConsumerAffairs.com reports drivers are paying about a buck more: $2.64.
The gas prices are tracking crude oil prices.
Last year at this time a barrel was $38.85, on Friday that same barrel is going for $79.00.
Analysts generally agree as the economy picks up, the price of gasoline will go up, too.
In California, the average price regular unleaded is $2.96 a gallon, in the Bay Area it is $3.02 a gallon.