(NBC News) Gas prices are going up and it's predicted to get even worse as the summer travel season approaches.
The average price of gas locally is $2.83 a gallon. That's four cents more than a week ago and 14 cents more than a month ago.
Industry experts say the reason prices are up is because the economy is doing better, and that's fueling consumers to spend on travel, meaning demand for gasoline is also rising.
And it's not just that the economy is doing better. Michael Whatley with the Consumer Energy Alliance says oil inventories in the United States are at lower levels than a year ago because of decisions made in other countries.
Russia and OPEC cut an agreement last year that they were going to cut back on production in order to drive worldwide prices up.
Prices are expected to rise in the months to come. Drivers are being advised to take simple steps to get the most in fuel efficiency.
"Such as making sure you have proper air pressure, making sure that your car is properly tuned up, making sure that you don't have a bunch of extra things in your trunk that you don't need,” Whatley said.
Experts say average Americans will likely spend an extra $200 filling up this summer compared to a year ago.
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