Prepare to spend more on filling up your vehicle this year. That’s the news from fuel price monitoring service GasBuddy.
In its 2017 forecast, the service predicts $3 per gallon gasoline will be seen in the nation’s largest cities, including Seattle, “with a strong possibility of such prices also appearing in a majority of the nation’s 20 largest metros,” the service wrote in its Wednesday news release.
GasBuddy’s analysts also forecast:
▪ The seasonal fuel blend switch will bring a spike later this winter and spring, with the national average price increasing 35 to 60 cents a gallon between mid-February and May.
▪ The nation’s drivers will be spending a cumulative total of $355 billion in 2017 for gas, $52 billion more than last year. Motorists saved $39 billion in 2016 over 2015’s pump prices.
On Wednesday, Tacoma’s average price was $2.72 a gallon, according to tacomagasprices.com.